Antique Kashan Rugs

hr Fine Antique Persian Mohtashem Kashan Carpet 47197

Kashans Rugs are among the very finest Persian rugs and carpets. Kashan was a center
of silk production since Safavid times and some of the best classical Persian silk rugs have been attributed to Kashan. At the end of the nineteenth century the weavers there began to produce high quality wool rugs and carpets as well, which continued the high standards of design and technique established in the classical era. The very best Kashans carpets are known as Motashem. They often have medallion designs, but allover Kashans are not uncommon. The palette can be deep and rich in the classical tradition, or it can utilize softer hues appropriate to modern decor.

Though Kashan is now removed from the commercial trade routed of Persia, it used to be the largest city in the northwest, and virtually all traffic between Esfahan and the east passed through it. Because of this important location Kashan became the popular stop on a bustling trade route during the Safevid Era. In modern times, nearby mountain ranges prohibit trucks from traveling the route that caravans had so often ventured. During this era in which carpet weaving flourished in Persia, Kashan developed a reputation as one of the finest weaving centers of the east.  Most books on Kashan, its history, its art and its artists, its architecture, ceramics, glass, metals, and its textile art and industry, mention a large number of masters and artists, but with regards to carpets, master weavers and laboratories there are only a few references. Signed carpets, for this reason, also become a key instrument of research. By analyzing the structure and decoration, it becomes possible to establish the characteristics of a specific production type. Once this has been identified, other non-signed pieces can be attributed with certainty. It is using this method that many carpets can be attributed to Mohtasham.

In modern times, the Mohtasham name is well known, but very little is known about his origins. It remained a mystery whether or not Mohtasham was simply a trade name, or whether he had actually existed.

There is a legend going around according to which Hadji Mollah Mohammad Hassan Mohtasham of Kashan was a well-to-do businessman, famous for his textiles. However, in the 1880s business was bad owing to the importing of machine-worked textiles from Europe. The story goes that Mohtasham had married a young woman from Sultanabad, who had brought with her from her city of origin the ancient tradition of the knotted carpet. In view of the fact that business did not seem to be picking up, his wife wove a carpet using merino wool imported from Manchester. Upon completion of the carpet, local merchants were so enthusiastic that they commissioned more similar ones. This drove Mohtasham not only to ask his wife to start weaving again, but also to train other weavers of Kashan to produce carpets using this model. Thus, according to the legend of the bazaar, the art of the carpet began again; it had been lost in Kashan since the fall of the Safavid dynasty in 1723. This sparked a revival of the art of the carpet in Kashan; in 1890 there were only three operating looms, and that these became one thousand five hundred in 1900 and four thousand in 1949.

This specific Mohtasham carpet exemplifies how art can influence the onlooker. To appreciate such a great work of art, no great knowledge is needed; all one needs to enjoy this carpet is mere observation and attention to detail. This Mohtasham, woven with high quality kourk wool and an extremely fine weave, is unusual with its all-over design of delicate scrolling floral vinery and palmettes in soft blues and ivory colors. The combination of the colors used coupled with the exceptional condition and the fact that Mohtasham rugs are never found in runner sizes make this a truly rare and magnificent work of art.

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44 Rugs Found in Kashan Rug

Antique Persian Kashan Rug 47227

Style: Kashan Rug
Origin: Persian Rugs
Size: 0 ft 10 in x 0 ft 11 in
          (0.25 m x 0.28 m)
This splendid antique pictorial Persian rug from Kashan depicts a naturalistic landscape scene with delightful nightingales perched in a graceful flowering tree.

Antique Mohtashem Kashan Persian Rug 47047

Style: Kashan Rug
Origin: Persian Rugs
Size: 2 ft x 2 ft 8 in
          (0.61 m x 0.81 m)
This antique Kashan rug is a full-blown masterpiece incorporating fine materials and delightful botanical designs synonymous with the legendary Mohtashem atelier.

Antique Mohtashem Kashan Persian Rug 47048

Style: Kashan Rug
Origin: Persian Rugs
Size: 2 ft x 2 ft 8 in
          (0.61 m x 0.81 m)
Attributed to the elusive Mohtashem atelier, this handsome antique Kashan rug displays an elegant inset-lozenge medallion filled with exquisite polychrome motifs.

Antique Persian Kashan Rug 46406

Style: Kashan Rug
Origin: Persian Rugs
Size: 1 ft 7 in x 2 ft 9 in
          (0.48 m x 0.84 m)
Colorful shrubs, exotic trees, richly detailed fish and graceful animals decorate the naturalistic composition of this exquisite antique Persian rug from Kashan.

Antique Persian Kashan Rug 46405

Style: Kashan Rug
Origin: Persian Rugs
Size: 1 ft 8 in x 2 ft 10 in
          (0.51 m x 0.86 m)
Crafted in Kashan, this marvelous antique Persian rug depicts a beautifully colored and impeccably detailed pictorial landscape scene that's full of lively figures.

Antique Persian Mohtashan Kashan Rug 46541

Style: Kashan Rug
Origin: Persian Rugs
Size: 2 ft 10 in x 3 ft 10 in
          (0.86 m x 1.17 m)

Sale:

  • $9,500.00
This handsome and elegantly styled antique Kashan rug depicts a perfectly balanced curvilinear medallion surrounded by lush vine scrolls and oxidized floral motifs.

Antique Kashan Persian Rug 43901

Style: Kashan Rug
Origin: Persian Rugs
Size: 2 ft 1 in x 4 ft 8 in
          (0.63 m x 1.42 m)

Sale:

  • $8,200.00
This stunning Kashan carpet features a central arabesque medallion as well as two vinescroll vases aligned in a runner-style format.

Antique Silk Kashan Persian Rug 43903

Style: Kashan Rug
Origin: Persian Rugs
Size: 2 ft 5 in x 4 ft 9 in
          (0.74 m x 1.45 m)
Using sophisticated shades of blue, red, and camel, this opulent Kashan carpet is rich in texture, color, and style.

Antique Silk Persian Kashan Rug 43905

Style: Kashan Rug
Origin: Persian Rugs
Size: 1 ft 10 in x 5 ft
          (0.56 m x 1.52 m)
Graceful and elegantly composed, this stunning antique Persian Kashan rug depicts a fluid curvilinear arabesque that is set over a luxurious brandy wine field.

Antique Silk Kashan Persian Rug 43899

Style: Kashan Rug
Origin: Persian Rugs
Size: 2 ft 1 in x 5 ft 1 in
          (0.63 m x 1.55 m)
Rich in style and color, this opulent Kashan carpet features an innumerable quantity of extremely detailed elements that form an endless field of floral patterns.

Kashan Persian Rug 45246

Style: Kashan Rug
Origin: Persian Rugs
Size: 3 ft 6 in x 5 ft 2 in
          (1.07 m x 1.57 m)
Woven in Kashan, this exceptional pictorial rug from Persia features a famous Judaic scene, including a bearded Moses holding the legendary Ten Commandments.

Antique Kashan Persian Rug 2851

Style: Kashan Rug
Origin: Persian Rugs
Size: 2 ft 11 in x 5 ft 11 in
          (0.89 m x 1.8 m)
This extraordinarily fine antique Oriental Kashan rug from Persia has an expansive yet finely articulated Mina Khani or floral trellis spreading gracefully across the field.

Antique Persian Kashan Mohtashem Rug 47175

Style: Kashan Rug
Origin: Persian Rugs
Size: 4 ft x 6 ft
          (1.22 m x 1.83 m)
Attributed to the great Mohtashem atelier, this late 19th century Persian Kashan rug features a magnificent medallion adorned with lush detail-heavy florals.

Antique Mohtasham Kashan Persian Carpet 47174

Style: Kashan Rug
Origin: Persian Rugs
Size: 4 ft x 6 ft 2 in
          (1.22 m x 1.88 m)
Attributed to Mohtashem, this antique Persian area rug features an elaborate medallion, traditional color scheme and diminutive size ideal for a variety of spaces.

Antique Silk Kashan Persian Rugs 3242

Style: Kashan Rug
Origin: Persian Rugs
Size: 4 ft 5 in x 6 ft 3 in
          (1.35 m x 1.9 m)
This exquisite antique Oriental Silk Kashan rug from Persia is graced with a lush profusion of flowering vines reminiscent of the best Kashmir shawls.

Antique Persian Mohtashem Kashan Rug 47118

Style: Kashan Rug
Origin: Persian Rugs
Size: 4 ft 3 in x 6 ft 3 in
          (1.3 m x 1.9 m)
From the famed Mohtashem workshop, this superb antique Kashan rug displays a magnificent octofoil medallion with grand pendants and soft mineralic colors.

Antique Persian Kashan Rug 46732

Style: Kashan Rug
Origin: Persian Rugs
Size: 4 ft 3 in x 6 ft 6 in
          (1.3 m x 1.98 m)

Sale:

  • $2,200.00
Lush botanicals and exuberant polychrome vine scrolls meander across this beautifully appointed antique Persian medallion rug from the famed weaving city of Kashan.

Antique Silk Kashan Persian Rug 43904

Style: Kashan Rug
Origin: Persian Rugs
Size: 2 ft 5 in x 6 ft 7 in
          (0.74 m x 2.01 m)
Featuring an all-over arabesque of Herati

Antique Persian Mohtashem Kashan Silk Rug 47152

Style: Kashan Rug
Origin: Persian Rugs
Size: 4 ft 2 in x 6 ft 8 in
          (1.27 m x 2.03 m)

Antique Kashan Persian Rug with Metallic Threading 40943

Style: Kashan Rug
Origin: Persian Rugs
Size: 4 ft 4 in x 6 ft 8 in
          (1.32 m x 2.03 m)
This unique decorative antique Kashan Persian carpet is hand-made from silk, wool and metallic thread.

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