A Highly Artistic, Extremely Beautiful and Finely Woven Antique 19th Century Kerman Rug, Country of Origin: Persia, Circa Date: 1890 — 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.
The magnificent antique 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 spectacular antique rug displays a large central ornate medallion in shades of red, cream, pink, beige, gray and black. It offers a floral motif, showcasing a multitude of red-centered white blossoms and four large white blossoms tinged in red around a central red flower. Four ornate floral spandrels in red, black, cream and pink hues mark the corners, cascading flowers downwards along the edges of the field. The cream border carries a floral motif. It is surrounded on either side by narrower black guard borders densely populated with flowers. A narrow interior border encloses the field, reflecting the same design pattern and colors as the border itself. Located in South Central Iran, Kerman became a center of rug production during the 1400’s.
For people who are looking to buy area rugs for their home and want very finely woven area rugs, the area rugs from Kerman would be a great option. This is due to the fact that the weavers in Kerman created some of the finest as well as some of the best rugs in the world.
Just by looking at this piece, pretty much anyone could see, right away how unique it is. One need not be an expert in rugs to see that this piece is truly one of the more beautiful rugs in the world.