A Beautiful Small Size Blue Color Fine Antique Persian Kerman Rug, Origin: Persia, Circa date: 1900 – Kerman is an important city in the history of textile production and Persian rugs. Kerman has a long tradition as a center of rug production that goes back to the early 17th century. It is an area known for pieces of fine quality and its durable, soft wools. This gorgeous piece was created around the turn of the century and represents a unique time in the history of antique Persian Kerman rugs.
The city of Kerman was sacked and burned during a time of civil strife in the early part of the 18th century. Many of the weavers took up residence in nearby Laver. Those who remained in Kerman were eventually able to rebuild the industry, only with a focus on textiles rather than carpets.
In the latter part of the 19th century, competition with Kashmir shawls and Scottish textiles led to a decline in demand. At the same time, the Persian rug weavers of Tabriz could not keep up with the demand for the now antique rugs and started looking for a new place to establish their looms. They turned to the weavers of Kerman, and it once again became established as a major center for carpet production.
Rugs created during this period in Kerman rug history integrated influences from other parts of the world. The British and American markets were the major buyers, and they created many of their designs to appeal to them. The designs strayed from the traditional Kerman carpets of old, and they took clues from European designs.
This piece is an excellent example of the work of Kerman from this important time in carpet history. It pictures a lady with a basket of flowers tending her sheep. It is in a style that resembles French and European tapestries of the time. You might notice that the woman’s clothing is more of a style worn by European peasantry rather than a traditional Persian style.
At the time this pictorial rug was created, Kerman had once again risen to prominence in the world of fine rug making. It was known for pieces with a high level of detail and exceptional artistic skill. This is a gorgeous piece and will make an excellent addition to your collection or classic room décor.