Cleopatra's Carpets, Shakespeare Explained.

The barge she sat on, like a burnished throne Burned on the water. The poop was beaten gold.
Purple the sails, and so perfumed that the winds were lovesick with them.

Cleopatra's silken bed would have been laid over a large rug or carpet. The ancient Egyptians made rugs out of the materials to hand, in their case, papyrus. They dyed it in bright colours - yellows, reds and blues - and wove floor and wall coverings from it. The word 'papyrus' has given us 'paper', so would this qualify the Egyptian rugs on the walls as the first 'wallpaper'?

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