Extremely Fine Persian Kashan Large Carpet

Rug #2546
Size: 507 x 308 cm / 16.6 x 10.1 ft Category:  

Very Fine Persian Kashan Large Carpet – Oversize – kork wool

A Magnificent Persian Kashan Carpet, Central Persia, Kork Wool on Cotton Foundation


The blue field with a central terracotta red lobed medallion enclosing a blue and terracotta cruciform centre piece, radiating willow trees, linked to mirrored pendants, supported by flower heads, floret clusters, willow trees and meandering flowering vines, framed within ivory surrounds, ivory complementary spandrels, within a red and blue border enclosing continuous floral lozenges alternating palmettes, reciprocal trefoil guard borders


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.

A superb example of Kashan weaving, of large size. Displayed is a characteristic central medallion format, supported by a compartment arrangement also associated with the neighbouring weaving centre of Joshaghan. The coral lobed medallion encloses cruciform centre piece which radiates four willow trees, and whilst willow trees (bid majnun) are invariably seen in these compartment carpets, it is unusual to see them in such volume. The willow trees also appear on either side of the medallion and in the ivory spandrels maintaining a consistent theme. The other rhombus shaped floral elements are derived from the ‘Vase’ carpet group of the 17th century, and likewise are favoured forms adopted by the Joshaghan weavers. The design is meticulously mirrored on both the vertical and horizontal axis, an exceptional feat of skill given the complexity of the design. The fabulous jewel like colours are from the distinctive early 20th century Kashan palette.


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