Rugman.com Celebrates Arbor Day as a Time of Reflection

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The importance of trees and their beneficial effects on the environment has never been more crucial than it is now. Historically the Tree of Life, as it is symbolized in Persian rugs represents the connection between earth and the environment through its roots and outreaching branches

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The best time to plant a tree is…20 years ago. The next best time is today.

"The best time to plant a tree is…20 years ago. The next best time is today." -- Chinese Proverb

Arbor Day, the last Friday in April, is a time to bring attention to everyone's friend, the tree. It is estimated that 18 million trees worldwide will be planted on Arbor Day this year. In the classic case of getting more than giving, the relationship with trees is largely one-sided, trees give -- we take. It is through education and various charitable associations that the opportunity exists to give back to this environmental superhero.

Historical Reference: Tree of Life
"The story of the Tree of Life is that which transcends the generations through the weavings of Persian Rugs, looking back in history there is much to be learned going forward," said Farida Mirkalami, Executive Vice President of Rugman.com.

As it is documented in the Tree of Life Persian rugs, legend has it that a cypress tree planted by request of a Zoroastrian Prophet, this tree grew to be so big that 10,000 sheep could use it for shade and thousands of birds lived within the branches. When the neighboring King heard of this massive tree he ordered it cut down and brought to him. Many people warned against this action. Ignored these warnings, the King had the felled cypress tree transported via 1200 camels to his palace. Ironically he never did lay eyes upon the tree as he was killed before it reached the palace. The Tree of Life, as it is symbolized in Persian rugs represents the connection between earth and the environment through its roots and outreaching branches. It is a very rare design in Persian Prayer rugs weaved by the Baluchi tribes.

Where did Arbor Day Come From?
It was 1872 when a gentleman by the name of Julius Morton Sterling, a journalist actively involved in politics, proclaimed Arbor Day officially. He and his wife Caroline had come to Nebraska as pioneers from Detroit in 1854. Morton recognized "The Great American Desert" as it was known at the time, as a highly undesirable location for pioneers due to the barren landscape. It was through education and tree planting incentives that he used his public influence to bring awareness to this very important natural resource. The very first Arbor Day in Nebraska claimed to have had 1 million trees planted.

What do trees do?
So many things like the obvious:

  • provide shade, wind barrier
  • heat through fire
  • aesthetically pleasing to our homes, enable privacy
  • soothing (rustling leaves), fun to climb and explore
  • provide a home to wildlife as well as food

As well as the not so obvious:

  • fertilize the earth
  • reduce soil erosion
  • reduce noise pollution
  • provide oxygen through photosynthesis
  • provide products such as maple syrup, paper, building materials, suntan lotion

Can one tree really make a difference? It certainly would. If every American household planted one tree, a billion pounds of global CO2 would be cut a year, that's 100,000 cars worth. It is estimated that 18 million trees worldwide will be planted on Arbor Day this year.

About Rugman.com
Rugman.com is a marketplace leader in online Persian and Oriental rugs and has operations in both the United States and Canada. Born of a third generation Persian Rugs import/export business, the rugman.com mission is to provide authentic, high quality, handcrafted area rugs and to provide unsurpassed service and experience. Rugman.com Persian rugs are unique, authentic imported treasures that withstand the test of time.

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