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History of the Flying Carpet

flying carpet

 

The Magic Flying Carpet
(Merely a myth?)


In the West, when we hear the term Magic Flying Carpet, we think of stories such as Sinbad and the 1001 Arabian Nights and pass them off as tales, fun, and entertainment. I would describe myself as a scoffer at the notion of Magic Flying Carpets. I must say, however, as one who has lived in the Orient, that I can attest to the severity with which eye witness accounts of flying carpets are still spoken. The conviction with which these stories are told is intriguing and thought provoking, if not downright spellbinding. Yes, eye witness accounts of flying carpets. These claims are heard primarily in Anatolia (eastern Turkey) and Persia (northwestern Iran).

 

Along with these verbal accounts, which have been passed down from generation to generation, recent discoveries of well-preserved parchment manuscripts found in both Persia and Anatolia reveal startling information on this mysterious subject. Though both regions’ parchment manuscripts corroborate one another, we shall only reference the parchments discovered on the northeastern slopes of Mt. Ararat in Turkey.

 

The Ararat parchments, circa 1225, were penned by Vanopilejan Dieyarn Loomian, the famous Armenian sage. These ancient writings reveal astonishing facts tightly woven into the history of the flying carpet. Due to the antiquity of the manuscripts, some details are not clear; however, Dieyarn Loomian refers in detail not only to the existence of flying carpets, but he also reveals tantalizing secrets of their brief yet high-flying history.

 

The flying carpet had shaky beginnings. The religious and political leaders of the day viewed it with deep suspicion. Just as in the Persian manuscripts, the Dieyarn Loomian parchments indicate that their usage was primarily among the fringe elements of society. Consequently, the ruling establishment quickly sought to extinguish their existence. Still, it appears that the flying carpet nearly took off and gained a measurable height of acceptance. Its highly utilitarian nature won particular appreciation. For example, it seems that flying carpets proved to be very effective in battle. Archers rode them, creating a sort of crude low-flying cavalry.

 

Women reading and resting on carpet

However, just as its potential was beginning to soar, two fateful events changed everything, and thus began the unravelling of the destiny of the flying carpet. First, there was a dreadful accident that took the life of King Absanian’s son Vanosan. It is hard to decipher from the parchments the exact cause of the accident; however, young Vanosan, filled with the adventurous spirit of youth, died in a tragic flying carpet crash. Despite its potential, after Vanosan’s death, the flying carpet elicited nothing but the King Absanian’s wrath and his determination for its total eradication. From its trade secrets to its highly protected manufacturing process, King Absanian’s power was used in an attempt to ground the flying carpet for good.

 

Second, and more important, was a massive earthquake that destroyed the active ingredient which enabled the magic carpet to fly. Both the Loomian and Persian parchments testify that the key ingredient enabling the actual flight of the carpet was an ingredient in the soil used in the dye process. This soil, found only on the northeastern slopes of Mt. Ararat, seemed to possess an incredibly high degree of magnetic power. The Loomian and Persian parchments both indicate that the makers had so manipulated these magnetic powers as to enable them to work in tandem with the earth’s natural magnetic fields. The flying carpet may have withstood the wrath of a vengeful King Absanian; however, the massive earthquake that took place in approximately 1275 completely devoured the area of soil containing this highly unique propulsive element.

 

After the disappearance of the magic soil, the flying carpet was at last grounded forever. Still, the very idea of this unique and wonderful creation is enough to let one’s imagination soar with delight over the rich and colorful history of the Oriental Carpet.

 

 

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