Interior Design With Antique Kerman Rugs

Interior Design With Antique Kerman Rugs From Persia

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Interior Design With Antique Kerman Rugs- Decorating an interior with an antique Kerman rug from Persia presents a designer with a great host of options.

Antique Kerman rugs have been prized and widely sought after since as early as the seventeenth century, and Kerman rugs are widely considered to be among the finest, most masterfully-crafted of all antique rugs.

Kerman Rugs in Interior Settings
Kerman Rugs in Interior Settings

Kermans of the Lavar variety are considered to be especially fine examples of antique Persian rugs, and may feature either an allover pattern or a classical central medallion.

This fineness and variety gives the designer a great deal of flexibility: the impressive overall quality of the best Kermans makes such pieces ideal for decorating formal interiors, and the range in patterns means that it is more likely that a designer will be able to find the right Kerman for that tricky space.

Interior Design With Antique Kerman Rugs
Interior Design With Antique Kerman Rugs

Kerman rugs typically feature traditional Persian reds and blues, as well as variations thereupon. And while Kerman rugs mayor may not have a central medallion design, floral elements are common across the entire range of Kermans.

In the photo above, a gorgous, beautifully made Kerman rug serves to highlight the modern aesthetic that prevails throughout the room by underscoring with elegance and timeless beauty. This room exemplifies the tremendous flexibility that designers have with Kerman rugs: these pieces are so finely made that they look equally remarkable in modern interiors as well as more traditionally designed an decorated spaces.

The History of Persian Kerman Rugs

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Kerman Rugs - Since the early 17th century, Kerman carpets (Alt. Spelling: Kirman) have been exported to western markets where they have consistently ranked among the best of the best in the upper echelons of Persian rugs.

The history of carpet weaving and textile production in Kerman dates back before the city gained its modern name. The earliest carpet artifacts of  Kerman date back to the 1500s, but depictions of opulent carpets decorating the courts of Persian emperors date back more than 2,500 years.

Located in the rugged, high-altitude plains of southeast Iran, Kerman is both a province and a provincial capital often associated with surrounding counties and cities, including the famed carpet-producing village of Lavar, which developed its own group of designs.

Kerman was established in the 3rd century as a military outpost and citadel for the Sassanid Empire.

Persian Kerman Rugs by Nazmiyal
Persian Kerman Rugs

Kerman has been known by different names over the course of the centuries, including Karmania, Kermania and Zhermanya - each of which stems from words related to bravery in combat.

As power fluxed between ethnic groups and religions, Kerman  remained part of the greater Persian Empire, which was controlled by a number of independent groups before the year 725 when Islamic leaders became the predominant imperial force.

By the 8th century, Kerman had gained a reputation for producing fine Cashmere shawls and textiles from luxurious fiber obtained from the Kashmir goat, resulting in a distinct antique rug style.

As a defense outpost, Kerman was an unavoidable stop from travelers and merchants on the Silk Road. With access to international trade routes, carpets and textiles from Kerman were distributed east to India and China and west to Anatolia and European countries.

Antique Persian Kerman Vase Carpet by Nazmiyal
Antique Persian Kerman Vase Carpet

In 1271, the legendary traveler and merchant Marco Polo visited the city of Kerman . Accounts of his visit include details of plentiful turquoise mines and advanced steel production. However, his most prolific paragraphs on industry in Kerman  mention the exquisite textiles, needlework and decorative embroidery produced by the women and girls in Kerman which he describes as marvels to see.

In addition to the silk embroidery and colorful threads, Marco Polo mentions the animals, birds, trees and flowers used to decorate the local textiles.

When Marco Polo arrived in Kerman , the city was formally ruled by Seljuk Turks from the Kazakh Steppe. However, the fragmented government of the Seljuk Sultanates left the province of Kerman largely under its own control.

From the 13th century through the 16th century, Kerman and the greater Persian Empire experienced constant power struggles between the Mongols, Timur the Great and finally the Safavids.

During the 17th century, Kerman for the Portuguese crown, ranked Kerman’s carpets as the second best in Persia behind the neighboring province of Yazd and ahead of Khorasan to the north.

In the second half of the 17th century, Jean-Baptiste Chardin also known as Sir John Chardin commented on Kerman’s carpet production while compiling his ten-book series, which was one of the earliest and most comprehensive works on Persia and the Near East completed by a Western scholar.

During his travels through Kerman, Chardin noted that the province produced some of the finest carpets in Persia, which were often marketed as Turkish carpets due to the import route to Europe.

In Kerman, Muslim carpet weavers worked in studios small and large as well as private homes. Carpet weavers in Kerman produced a number of pictorial pieces as well as exclusive gift for foreign dignitaries. Due to the varied production settings, not many carpets from Kerman are signed by master weavers.

However, there were several prestigious workshops and weavers operating in Kerman between 1866 and 1915, which have made it possible to attribute these pieces and regional designs with astounding accuracy. As a city that flourished under Safavid rule, carpets from Kerman represent a broad range of patterns that encompasses the world of traditional Persian designs.

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