The tradition of felted wool rugs originated in Iran in the Neolithic Age. It spanned the mountainous regions from Turkey to Mongolia where tribal nomads lived in felt-covered tents. The technique in Iran was practically extinct when Melina and Dodd Raissnia traveled to Iran together in search of felt makers. They are now using the same ancient technique to create felt rugs in Iran based on contemporary designs by Melina. For a look at the process watch our 15-minute film. You can also read an essay on the subject by Melina Raissnia for Turkotek.com. Peace Industry: Husband and wife team Melina and Dodd Raissnia are the principals and founders of Peace Industry. Before they discovered felt rugs in Iran they made peace flags.