Antique Kerman Rugs - Since the seventeenth century, Kerman has been a major center for the production of high-quality carpets. The so-called Vase Carpets of the Safavid period are among the greatest masterpieces of Persian weaving. When Persian rug production moved into high gear in the later nineteenth century, Kerman once again emerged as a producer of the finest carpets in the best Persian tradition. Kerman carpets of this period, particularly the Lavar type, are known for the fineness of their weave and for their elegantly drawn designs of classical derivation, both in allover and central medallion formats. The palettes of Kerman rugs are extremely varied and it ranges from examples which emphasize ivory, blue, and magenta tones to those with a more golden, saffron cast.
Kerman is a city and as well as a province in south central Iran. With its 60,000 inhabitants and surrounding villages, it is one of the major rug producing areas of Iran. Unlike other parts of Persia, Kerman existed with relatively no interference from invasions, mostly due to its provincial isolation. As a result, the arts in Kerman flourished. Antique Kerman rugs are easily recognizable with curvilinear graceful floral designs in a brilliant assortment of colors. The dyes of Kerman are the most varied and imaginative. The dying process is done while the wool is still in the flock, before spinning, allowing for more uniformity of color. The dyers of Kerman are renowned for their skill in producing light shades of color. Kerman is also noted for its distinctive late 16th century to mid-17th century carpets called ‘vase carpets’. This term refers to a design of all-over stylized flowers and oversized palmettes with vases placed at intervals throughout the field. Kerman rugs are woven in all sizes and the foundation is often cotton. To the north of Kerman is the village of Ravar where Laver Kerman rugs are made. These rugs are rarer than Kermans and the name is used as a distinction of quality.
Among all Persian rugs, none may be argued to be more elegant and refined as those produced in the city of Kerman. Kerman rugs often feature traditional Persian reds and blues or variations thereof and are nearly always floral and curvilinear in design. The fineness and quality of Kerman weaves in combination with their traditional Persian floral designs make them ideal for those wishing to add grace and grandeur to the formal spaces of their home.
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101 Rugs Found in Kerman Rug
Based around a quatrefoil medallion, this Lavar carpet features a kaleidoscope of patterns hidden in the sprays of pink, blue, and ivory flowers.
From the consistent colors and flamboyant design to the level of detail and precision of execution, this fine carpet exemplifies the European flair adopted by carpet weaving studios in Kerman.
The enduring story of the Prophet Joseph who battles against his brothers' plots is depicted in this antique pictorial Persian rug from the great city of Kerman.
Created in Kerman, this elaborate antique silk horse cover features exquisite repeating motifs, ornate botehs and a beautifully abrashed monochromatic field.
Typifying pomp and circumstance, this Kerman carpet features a royal portrait emblazoned in a central cameo surrounded by colorful swans and a promenade of lush, floral vases and pink cloud bands.
On this stunningly lavish antique Oriental Kerman from Persia classic Persian tradition reigns supreme.
This Kerman's elegantly drawn designs of classical derivation paired with its subdued palette make this an exquisite piece.
Whirling sprays of flowers
and serrated leaves repeat dynamically in
staggered symmetry across the field of this elegant little antique
Kerman from Persia.
A graceful medallion design unfurls across the field of this stately antique Oriental Kerman carpet from Persia.
This Kerman's elegantly drawn designs of classical derivation paired with its subdued palette make this a lovely piece. The central medallion design of this
Emanating from a floral octofoil, this exquisite medallion carpet features an unusually restrained color scheme while maintaining all of the hallmarks of classic Kerman carpets.
A graceful tree of life design unfolds within an open field with flowering cornerpieces on this supremely elegant and reserved antique Oriental Kerman carpet from Persia.
Reminiscent of classical Polonaise carpets, this design is unusual among nineteenth-century Kerman carpets.
Woven with oxidized colors, soft green, burgundy and Persian blue this Kerman carpet features classic Persian designs with a geometric variation.
An allover compartment design of scalloped ogival medallions graces this antique Oriental Kerman (Kirman carpet from Persia.
Knotted from luminous silk fibers, this antique Kerman rug is a mesmerizing work of art that displays a lush medallion appointed with floriferous decorations.
Featuring an elegant all-over arabesque woven with pure indigo blue and soft camel brown, this Kerman carpet embodies the sophistication of Safavid styles.
This elegant antique Kerman Lavar features a stacked medallion pattern decorated with refined bouquets.
A delicate and graceful Mina Khani or floral trellis pattern in pastel shades of blue and green repeats elegantly across the soft sand ground of this lovely antique Kerman.
Antique Kerman, Persia, circa 1900. A complex lace-like medallion spreads across the field of this elegant antique Kerman.
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