In Ben Sherira’s story, the legendary Queen of Sheba had a royal alchemist who managed to make a small brown rug hover above the ground.
Years later, the alchemist perfected his skill, when he discovered that the trick lay in the carpet’s dying, rather than in its spinning process. When the queen heard this good news, she had a magic carpet made, and sent to King Solomon as a token of her love.
This carpet is said to have been made of green silk which was embroidered with gold and silver, and studded with precious stones. The carpet is also said to have been so large that the king’s host could stand on it.
When the carpet arrived, Solomon was busy with the construction of the Temple of Jerusalem. He could not receive the gift, and gave it to one of his courtiers instead. When news of this cold reception reached the Queen of Sheba, she was heart-broken, and decided not to have anything more to do with magic carpets.
Without royal patronage, the alchemist (and his artisans) could no longer make magic carpets, and the knowledge is said to have been lost forever. Alternatively, it has been claimed that the artisans involved in the making of the magic carpet wandered around for years, before settling down somewhere in Mesopotamia.
Apart from being a mode of transportation, magic carpets have also been depicted as a sort weapon that was used during wars. One of these stories relates to a late 2 nd century B.C. Parthian king by the name of Phraates II. In 130 B.C., the king is said to have been engaged in a war with Antiochus VII, the ruler of the Seleucid Empire. In the story, Phraates flew from the heights of the Zagros Mountains on a carpet or a piece of cloth to confront his enemy, which he destroyed with fire and lightning.
Phraates was given a triumphant reception when he returned, and is said to have floated over the heads of his subjects on his magic carpet.
In another story, the 3 rd century AD. Sassanian ruler, Shapur, is said to have had a magic carpet too. Using his carpet, Shapur sneaked into the camp of the Roman army one night, surprised the Emperor Valerian, who was asleep, and abducted him.
No carpets survive with accompanying documents telling how it was made, we reinterpreted an ancient Ardabil rug and we imagine it like this.