Outstanding vintage ivory, tan, brown, and blue Persian Kashan medallion carpet, handwoven in central Iran. Accent colors include red, green and olive.
This is a very uncommon color palette for Kashan rugs, which are predominately woven in reds and blues. Also, this carpet includes color abrash, which is extremely rare in handwoven formal Persian rugs.
Abrash is color variegation due to changes in the dye batches, a feature quite common in tribal and village rugs. In examining the photos, you will see a shift from a brown to a lighter tan in the central medallion and border. This is not fading or a defect but abrash, which creates a painterly effect in the carpet. Very rare in Kashan rugs but some people prefer color uniformity and are not comfortable with abrash.
The rug is in very good condition with small areas of minor cosmetic wear on the wool pile from normal use. There are no holes or weakened areas, and this carpet is ready for normal use for decades to come.
Fringes and side cords are in excellent shape.
A wonderful example of the artistry of traditional handwoven Persian carpets.
It’s a finely knotted short pile carpet but can be used in a high foot traffic area of the home or even under a table and chairs.
Natural wool woven onto natural cotton. 1960s.
The photo with Morgan silver dollar shows the backside of the carpet.
Exact size is 11 ft. 6 in. by 8 ft. 1 in.
More info on Kashan carpets:
Kashan weavers are reknowned for their classic floral styles and intricate weaving.
Kashan rugs are some of the most illustrious of the refined urban carpets woven in Iran. The Kashan weaving tradition is a direct legacy from the golden age of Persian carpets, which dates to the late 16th and 17th centuries during the reign of the famous patron of the arts, Shah Abbas. He was the principle monarch of the Safavid Dynasty and ruled from 1588 to 1629.
The Abbas reign marked a peak in Persian artistic achievement. Under his patronage, carpet weaving became a major industry for export, including to Europe, and fine Persian rugs began to appear in the homes of wealthy European burghers. (They are often depicted in the paintings of that era.)
Many of the archetypal Persian carpet designs originated in this period. The basic inspiration and model for most city carpets is the Garden of Paradise.
The majority of antique Kashan rugs available today were woven from the second half of the 19th to the beginning of the 20th century. During this period, the finest Kashan carpets were commissioned for individual homes or produced for domestic and foreign markets.
The best Kashan carpets have always used superior quality wools.
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