A Short History of Tibetan Rugs
The Tibetans have been weaving rugs for centuries. In 1949, the Chinese took control of Tibet. When the cultural revolution of 1959 forced the Dalai Lama to flee from Tibet into India, many Tibetans began their exodus as well.
Many found their new homes in Nepal. They arrived with nothing except what they could carry over the Himalayan Mountains. In order to sustain themselves, they began weaving rugs to sell. Since then, the rug industry in Nepal has expanded greatly, exporting rugs all over the world.