Fine Old Persian Kashan Carpet

Rug #2613
Size: 443 x 330 cm / 14.5 x 10.8 ft
Handwoven in: 

A fine old Persian Kashan carpet, central medallion format, majestic formal design, amazing complementary colours.


A fine Persian Kashan carpet, central Persia, wool on cotton foundation

The red field with a blue central medallion and green centre piece, all with fan pendants, flowering vines and scrolling arabesques, supported by meandering curvilinear vines issuing palmettes, flower heads and pendants ending in curled serrated leaves supported by cloud bands, within a blue border enclosing continuous polychrome palmettes linked by scrolling arabesques.

Kashan used to be the largest city in Central Persia during the 17th Century, and virtually all traffic between Esfahan and the east passed through it. Because of this important location Kashan became the popular stop off point on a bustling trade route during the 17th century Safavid Era. During this era in which carpet weaving flourished in Persia, Kashan developed a reputation as one of the finest weaving centres of the east, and as such, Persian Kashan Rugs produced are of the very finest handmade Persian rugs and carpets. Kashan was a centre of silk production since Safavid times, and some of the finest classical handmade Persian silk rugs have been attributed to Kashan. At the end of the nineteenth century the Persian Kashan weavers began to produce high quality rugs and carpets, as part of the ‘revival’ in the Persian handmade carpet craft, which re-established the high standards of design and technique established in the 17th century classical era. They often incorporate medallion designs, but all over repeat patterns are frequently seen. Pictorial rugs of varying subject matter also feature highly in their design repertoire. The colour palette can be deep and rich in the classical tradition, with shades of red and blue predominant with ivory detailing. Softer colour hues appropriate and in tune with modern décor styles are also prevalent.


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