Antique Kerman Carpet, Country of Origin: Persia, Circa Date: 1900 — This incredible Persian rug presents a brown field, covered with two sets of alternating medallions. The outer diamond-shaped blue, tan and pink medallions depict a sphere transected by several vertical columns, each decorated with small circles and capped on either pole by a dark blue palmette connected to a flowering vine. The inner medallions link two groups of four, ornate egg-shaped floral patterns around an intricate central pair of flowering pear-shaped medallions, bearing blossoms, stems and red fruits. The rug contains a dark blue border displaying a floral vine of brown, blue, white and pink blossoms, each rendered in careful detail. Narrow guard borders of scrolling blossoms surround it. Persian Kerman rugs originally gained their name from a province in South Central Iran, where many of these types of antique rugs and carpets were produced. Reportedly, today this style of rug may occur in other locations, as well. Blue and gray natural dyes are often used in these rugs, but they do come in other tones also.