It is not well known that Syrians too are among the weavers of Oriental carpets as the majority of carpets seen in the West have been from Persia and the Caucasus. However Syrian carpets can be found and are extremely beautiful. They often borrow the designs of Persian carpets. Many have been knotted by the once-large Armenian population of Aleppo. Some have come from the Qalamoun mountain range to the West of the country and some from the Hauran, a desert region near the border with Palestine.