Antique Persian Kerman Rug, Country of Origin: Persia, Circa Date: 1880 – This exquisite carpet has the fine weave and attention to detail that made Kerman carpets some of the most desirable in the world. Kerman is a weaving center that once created the beautiful masterpieces that graced the grand palaces of the Persian courts. They are still known for their artistic use of traditional design elements and gorgeous colors. This carpet is a special type of Kerman that makes it even more collectible.
After enjoying centuries as the court weavers for the Safavid Dynasty, the city of Kerman was burned to the ground during a period of civil conflict. This forced many of the weavers to take up residence and start up their workshops in the nearby city of Lavar. These became known as Lavar Kermans. They were known for their fine workmanship that produced and rugs with a fine handle and subtleties in the design that are breathtaking. This carpet was created in the 1880s, which is a time when there was an effort underway to revive the once-famous Persian carpet weaving industry.
Lavar Kermans are known for graceful and fluid designs. In this carpet, branches with spring flowers sweep to surround the delicate central medallion. The pinks, salmons, and grays of this carpet could easily fit into contemporary color palettes. Designers often begin with perfect carpet that reflects the tastes and style of the homeowner and then build the rest of the room around it. This carpet has an elegant and refined style.
The abundant floral pattern of this antique carpet is refreshing and light. In among the branches, you can find birds, which are always a symbol of good luck. They add a playful and energetic character to the design. The carpet has a carefully planned design that is skillfully executed. The end result is a piece that almost has a sublime quality that will transform the space. This piece has a level of artistry that combines color and design in a way that one does not see available often.