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Iraq, Arts

Mesopotamia, Babylonian, rugs, carpets, century ad

The cultural heritage of Iraq is primarily Arabic, although long before the advent of Islam in the 7th century ad, the area known as Mesopotamia was the center of the Babylonian and Assyrian civilizations. The Arabic influence is represented today in much of the surviving antiquities, including the Kazimayn Mosque, begun in the 11th century and completed in the 19th century; Baghdad’s Abbasid Palace, built in the 12th century; and the Shrine of Samarra’, constructed in the 9th century. Iraq is known for producing fine handicrafts, including rugs and carpets.

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