Click Pin it to share this product on Pinterest! At the heart of the Silk Road, the city of Samarkand in Uzbekistan has been a melting pot of ancient Eastern European and Persian cultures since the fourth century BC. Nothing expresses the essence of those cultures more than the rug-weaving traditions of Uzbek tribes, now refined and updated in Safavieh’s Samarkand Collection. Launched in 1914 as an importer of antique Oriental rugs, Safavieh has grown to encompass traditional and contemporary furniture, lighting, and accessories. One thing, however, has remained the same for four generations: The family behind Safavieh has continued to emphasize artistry, durability, and sheer beauty.