These days (and pretty much ever since the Industrial Revolution?), there's not so much (wo)manpower involved, but the required space and capital investment are much higher.
 Last century, a friend's father had a textile operation in HK. She told me he worried about his electricity bill, but wages were in the noise.
But yes of course many, many more are made by machines and are much more affordable.
Real ones are great though. You can find all sorts of tiny “imperfections” and they have a certain mass that allows them to lay down nicely.
The most sought after ones are of course antique or vintage ones. Some of the larger ones from the 1800’s can go for 6 figures or more.
To apply it there need to be those two elements. It would require sneering at the Persians for being unsophisticated while also making copies of the carpets. Orientalism has lots of problems of its own but it is not comparable to colonialism.
> The name Transylvanian rug is used as a term of convenience to denote a cultural heritage of 15th–17th century Islamic rugs, mainly of Ottoman origin, which have been preserved in Transylvanian Protestant (Hungarian and Saxon) churches. The corpus of Transylvanian rugs constitutes one of the largest collections of Ottoman Anatolian rugs outside the Islamic world.
Strangely enough many of the people now living in Transylvania look at anything Turkish- or Anatolian-related with a clear air of superiority, presumably everything that matters comes from the West (if that’s from Germany that’s even better), is a very good thing that the Transylvanian Saxons from the 1500s or the 1600s were more culturally open-minded.
you are joking, right?
How do you think there came to be an "Islamic world" in the first place? Anatolia was Christian centuries before Muhammed was born. Persia was Zoroastrian centuries before that. The early Muslims were colonizing and building empires long before Europeans started crusading.
You could just as plausibly castigate Islamic architects for "culturally appropriating" the Byzantine Christian design of the Hagia Sophia Church in Constantinople for mosques. But it's a limited, misleading, and uninteresting way to think about history.