It is not certain where the lace has been originated. Two European countries (Italy and Netherlands) still debate about the right to be called the lace's motherland. At the same time, open-work fabrics with similar patterns have been found as early as in ancient Egypt.
The history of knitted lace is associated with appearance of pins, without which its creation is not possible, so the birth of knitted lace is currently dated to the middle of the 16th century.
In Russia, lacemaking was first mentioned in the Ipatiev Chronicle of the late 13th — early 14th centuries. In the historical document, laces are described as "golden". At the point, laces were made of golden and silver threads (most likely, metal) at that point. When making fabric, more attention was paid not to a drawing, but to material. Precious stones, brocade were interwoven in the lace. The price often depended on product's weight.