An interesting area in which to look at is that of the magic carpet it's origin. The ideology behind it is that it came from Tangu in Persia. The representation for this reason suggests at a persian rug. This can be seen in 'One Thousand and One Nights'. Other literature such as Solomon's Carpet talks of a Magic rug again visualised as a persian rug. Even in the recent J. K. Rowling's book, Quidditch Through the Ages which states that carpets where favoured over broomsticks in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran and Mongolia.
Fig 1 | Magic Carpet - One Thousand And One Nights