The technique of this nodular weaving has been known since antiquity. According to some reports, macrame came to Europe in the 8th – 9th centuries from the East.

This technique was known in Ancient Egypt, Assyria, Iran, Peru, China, and Ancient Greece. Macrame products were also reflected in their paintings by artists. One of the first to do this was Sandro Botticelli. In the painting "Adoration of the Magi" (1476-1477), one of the characters is wearing a macrame hat.

In the 17th century, macrame from Italy spread to Northern Europe and North America. Then it became very popular in England. In those days, many fashionistas in Europe decorated their clothes with knotted lace. The art of weaving at all times was owned by very few masters. They created beautiful patterns of wickerwork: curtains, bedspreads, and covers for musical instruments. The lace they wove from golden threads adorned the clothes of persons of the clergy and kingship.