#17874 Kerman: Circa 1900

Rug #: 17874

Origin: SE Persia

Type: Kerman

Size: 8’9”X 18’

Weave density: 8 H X 10 V ~ approximately 80-90 KPSI

Warp: hand spun cotton

Weft: hand spun cotton

Pile: wool

Sides: 2 ply wool

Circa: 1900’-1910

Main Colors:  Ivory, navy blue, medium blue and nutmeg.

The present carpet originates in SE Persia, specifically the Kerman region of the Kerman province.  The town and surrounding regions have a long history of rug making, dating back to at least to the beginning of 16th century.

The pattern of the piece is inspired by fabrics and shawls which were made locally and exported globally.  The dense overall floral pattern of this piece is referred to as Mille-Fleur.

What makes Kerman rugs interesting is that each pattern was used only limited number of times and was not used again, this was a way to avoid having the same pattern repeated, and add variety to their weavings.

Because of its location in mountainous region of SE Persia,  its breed of sheep produced the highest quality of wool.  Hence, the rugs coming from this region all have the most lustrous and luxurious wool which over the span of decades have improved just by simple process of being walked on.

Kerman’s and related type rugs such as Ravar and Yazd carpets are amongst the most sought after antique carpets in today’s market. Their gracious size, subtle color combinations, and fanciful patterns make them appealingly adaptable to room settings of varied décor.



About Rahmanan Antique & Decorative Rugs

Rahmanan deals with the sales and service of antique rugs, tapestries, and kilims. Inventory includes, but is not limited to, Turkish, Persian, Indian, Chinese, Mongolian, Moroccan, European, Caucasian, American, and Navajo pieces. We also have antique quilts.
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