Antique Kerman Lavar Rug, Country of Origin: Persia, Circa Date: Late 19th Century – Here is a beautiful and exciting antique Oriental rug – an antique Kerman Lavar carpet that was hand made in Persia during the waning years of the nineteenth century. Generally speaking, the Kerman Lavar style of Persian rug weaving is one of the most important and popular of all antique Oriental rug styles. Kerman Lavar rugs are prized for their unique classical beauty, and the quality of elegance and refinement that they tend to espouse. A lacelike design of flowering shrubs and palmettes based on the ‘Millefleurs’ designs of Kashmir embroidered shawls unfurls rhythmically across the rich red ground of this lavish antique Kerman. The design is so closely arranged that the red ground appears as little more than and accent for the contours pale creamy flowers. The main border adapts this design on a slightly smaller scale against a deep green ground. The palette of red, green, and ivory is inspired by the classical Indian or Moghul carpets of Agra, nicely complementing the North Indian or Kashmir origin of the design.