Extremely Fine Large Size Silk and Wool Antique Persian Lavar Kerman Rug, Country of Origin / Rug Type: Antique Persian Rugs, Date: Antique Rug Circa Late 19th century – It is a treat when a carpet of such a rarity and beauty finds its way into our collection. This is an extraordinary piece that has both a tribal and Oriental feel in the design. Yet, it has the refinement and quality that one typically associates with carpets produced in the traditional weaving centers of the Golden Age of the Safavid Dynasty. This silk Lavar Kerman rug was produced in the late nineteenth century at a time when an effort was being made to revive the once-famous traditional carpet weaving industry.
This antique carpet was created at a time when master weavers who were familiar with the traditional patterns and weaving techniques were being called to revive an industry that had fallen into decline due to the ravages of war. Kerman is a city located in central Persia. It was once revered as a center for the production of the court carpets used in the palaces and public buildings. These rugs were a symbol of the wealth and influence of the sultans.
Rugs from Kerman are known for their fine detail, exquisite, vibrant colors, and fascinating designs. During the early nineteenth century, the city of Kerman was invaded and burned to the ground. Their traditional weavers escaped to the village of Lavar, which is just to the north of the original city. They soon began producing their beautiful works once again using a combination of silk and the fine wool that was produced in the area.
During the late nineteenth century, many of these beauties found their way into the homes of wealthy American and European industrialists. Lavar Kermans have a complexity in design that is unique, even among the finest Persian weaving. It often has a fluid and flowing feel, and it is filled from edge to edge with florals and traditional Persian patterns. Kerman rugs are also known for their quality workmanship and gorgeous colors.
Lavar Kermans are known as some of the finest rugs in the world, and many of them are in the permanent collections of private homes and collectors. Finding a carpet of this beauty, condition, and magnificent design is rare in today’s market. This piece would make an excellent addition to any collection or as a showpiece for any interior design.