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Kerman Rugs & Carpets

Kerman is probably the most famous name in Persian rug weaving and justly so, for it has been weaving totally artistically individualistic and commercially successful carpets since about 1600. Only Oushak has a longer continuous rug history. Kerman city is the seat of Kerman province, in southeast Persia. Kerman province is semi-arid and is partially surrounded by deserts and on the west by Fars Province, the home of various prolific tribal weaving groups. The province is elevated, averaging 6000 feet above sea level. Kerman is on the old road from Tehran, Kashan, and Yazd to India. The city is generally undistinguished architecturally except for the tomb of Shah Nimatullah, a fifteenth-century saint.

Kerman has never been a royal capital and therefore never the site of a royal carpet workshop. The arts and crafts industry began around 1600, possibly under the aegis of Shah Abbas who promoted Persian art and commerce. Throughout the century and later the main products were the "Vase" carpets, so-called by the vases often present in a pattern of multiplanar lattices, diagonal palmettes and garden flowers, usually on lac red grounds. Often these carpets reach 30 feet in length and are in the gallery format. The sizes indicate that the roller loom was already in use in Kerman. There are still hundreds of these sturdy carpets and fragments thereof presently extant. They are triple wefted, with thick, straight wool wefts bound by a thin, sinuous cotton or silk weft. Another, smaller group of period Kermans are the "Sanguszko carpets", named after the owner of one, with medallions, corners and animals. They are of finer weave and may have dark blue or ivory fields, besides the usual red.

Production, on a reduced basis, continued through the 18th century and only for a few decades in the 19th century. The weavers turned to woolen shawl making when demand for carpets lagged. The industry began to revive around [...]

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No. 25999
Persia, Early 20th Century
2 ft. 2 in. x 2 ft. 8 in.
0.66 m x 0.81 m
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No. 26026
Persia, Early 20th Century
2 ft. 1 in. x 2 ft. 11 in.
0.64 m x 0.89 m
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No. 26695
Persia, Early 20th Century
2 ft. 1 in. x 2 ft. 9 in.
0.64 m x 0.84 m
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No. 26467
Persia, Early 20th Century
2 ft. x 2 ft. 6 in.
0.61 m x 0.76 m
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No. 11001
Persia, Early 20th Century
14 ft. 7 in. x 27 ft. 6 in.
4.45 m x 8.38 m
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No. 12063
Persia, Early 20th Century
14 ft. 3 in. x 19 ft. 4 in.
4.34 m x 5.89 m
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6 ft. 6 in. x 10 ft. 1 in.
1.98 m x 3.07 m
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