Beautiful Light Blue Antique Persian Kerman Rug, Country of Origin / Rug Type: Antique Persian Rugs, Circa Date: 1910 – Kerman is an area in south-central Iran that is known for its carpets of exquisite design and quality. This magnificent and rare antique rug is the product of a formal carpet weaving center from around 1910. There are several characteristics of this carpet that make it stand out as an exceptional find.
Kerman is known for its wide range of designs, broad color palette and wools that are of exceptional quality. Kerman carpets are known for their strength and durability, as well as their beauty. The workshop in Kerman began during the Safavid Dynasty in the mid to late Renaissance. By the 19th century, Kerman had a wide number of working looms and was home to many master weavers. Many of these master weavers are no longer known by name, but their artistry and designs show their talent and skill.
This carpet has many characteristics that point to its production by a master designer and skilled craftsman. First, let’s examine the overall design. It is laid out in precise geometric shapes. The design resolves on both ends of the carpet, rather than simply stopping abruptly, as you would see in a tribal carpet.
The ability to include Persian calligraphy requires a carpet of incredibly high knot count. The pile must be shorn closely to keep the design sharp and clear. This takes a high level of skill on the part of artisans. Persian carpets such as these were typically the work of teams working for many months at a time, and sometimes, a carpet such as this might take a year or more.
This is the type of carpet that would have been produced for use in a mosque or other public buildings. Sometimes, noblemen would commission a carpet such as this. Another clue that this carpet is the work of an educated and trained designer is the use of stylized cypress trees and trees that resembles the tree of life.
The pattern on this carpet is one that began to appear in the late 18th century and was used through the early part of the 20th century. The “Lattice” pattern has a field divided into small compartments, each containing a uniform design. Earlier Kerman rugs used reds and blues predominantly. Carpets produced after World War I used more subdued colors, such as blue-grays, pinks, and ambers. This is a spectacular example of a Kerman carpet produced in the early 1900s.
This is a majestic carpet that deserves a special place, either in a collection or a place where it can be appreciated as the work of art that it embodies. It shows exquisite skill in the design and craftsmanship. A piece like this simply does not come along very often, and when it does, it is a real treasure.