Kirman Rugs

Diversity of Designs

Since the thirteenth century, when Marco Polo admired their skill while traveling through South-Central Persia, the Persian carpet weavers of Kirman have been highly respected. Blessed with an ample supply of very high quality local wool, known as Carmania wool, the craftsmen of Kirman have been weaving their way to the top of the carpet world by virtue of their craftsmanship, wide range of designs, broad palette of available colors, immense tensile strength, abrasion resistance, and expert color combinations. Colors can range from ivory, blue and magenta to a more golden and saffron cast. As unique as their designer, no two Kerman rugs are precisely alike. Because of the tremendous demand for Kirman rugs, and because of the complex demographics of those generating the demand, a surprising variety of styles and designs were produced. While some Kirman rugs were woven explicitly for moneyed buyers from the West, there were also local consumers which only added to the diversity of the Kirman rugs. This diversity is seen in the range of motifs which can range from well-known and original Persian motifs to western motifs; striped and repetitive motifs, vase, Toranj (Citron), symmetric, garden, animal shapes, and pictorial rugs.

History of Kirman Rugs

During the sixteenth century, Shah Abbas I reportedly gave antique Kirman rugs embroidered with gold and silver thread as tribute to the Ottoman Court. The fame of these oriental weavings rapidly spread across Western Europe. From the mid sixteenth century through the eighteenth century, the city of Kirman was celebrated for 'vase' carpets, a term deriving from the depiction of vase motifs in many examples woven there. By the nineteenth century, Kirman was recognized for exceptional oriental rugs in the best Persian tradition. Antique Persian Kirman carpets of this period, especially the Lavar group woven in the town of Ravar, are known for their fine weave, delicate drawing, incomparable range of color, and are still much in demand today. Very advanced relative to their fellow countrymen, Kirman weavers had learned to set their looms so that the cotton warps were on two different levels. They then threaded the wool wefts, leaving some tight and others sinuous, giving an immediately recognizable wavy finish to the carpet. The design patterns were also distinct. Vase carpets, unique to Kerman in the 16th and 17th centuries, were characterized by an allover pattern of stylized flowers and oversized palmettes with vases placed throughout the field.

An Exceptional Collection of Kirman Carpets

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Antique Persian Kirman Rug BB4972
Size: 15'3'' × 10'4'' Circa: 1880
Antique Persian Kirman Rug Late 19th century. An abrashed blue field with an elaborate floral and vine design within a multi stepped...
Item No: S1249-4972
$75,000
Antique Persian Kirman BB6252
Size: 14'7'' × 11'8'' Circa: 1920
An early 20th century antique Persian Kirman rug.
Item No: BB6252
$60,000
Persian Kirman Carpet BB6079
Size: 28' × 16'7'' Circa: 1910
An early 20th century antique Persian Kirman carpet.
Item No: BB6079
$250,000
A Persian Kirman rug BB2355
Size: 14' × 10'4'' Circa: 1880
An highly decorative late 19th century antique Persian Kirman (Kerman) rug, the sand field with a compact curviline...
Item No: BB2355
$45,000
A Persian Kirman rug BB0769
Size: 15'1'' × 11'5'' Circa: 1920
A Persian Kirman (Kerman) rug, the sea blue field with playful flowering vinery around a cusped camel...
Item No: BB0769
$48,000
A Persian Kirman carpet BB2670
Size: 13'10'' × 10'9'' Circa: 1880
A late 19th century Persian Kirman (Kerman) antique rug, the abrashed sand field with dense flowering vine around...
Item No: BB2670
$70,000
A Persian Kirman rug BB0274
Size: 19'3'' × 13'1'' Circa: 1920
A Kirman (Kerman) rug from Persia, the ivory field with a dense allover design of cusped medallions within a cream border with scrolling vines and bouquets.
Item No: BB0274
$72,000
A Persian Kirman carpet BB1687
Size: 16'5'' × 11' Circa: 1880
A late 19th century antique Persian Kirman (Kerman) rug, the midnight field with an allover herati design in shades...
Item No: BB1687
$95,000
A Persian Kirman rug BB3727
Size: 22'10'' × 15'4'' Circa: 1880
An exceptional late 19th century Persian Kirman (Kerman) antique rug, the sand field with scrolling floral vinery...
Item No: BB3727
$140,000
A Persian Kirman carpet BB2445
Size: 20' × 10'5'' Circa: 1900
An early 20th century Persian Kirman (Kerman) antique rug, the black field with a flowering vine and palmette trell...
Item No: BB2445
$90,000
An antiuqe Persian Kirman rug BB0074
Size: 19'3'' × 11'9'' Circa: 1900
A turn-of the-century Persian Kerman antique rug, the dark blue herati design within a rust border...
Item No: BB0074
$70,000
A Persian Kirman carpet BB3609
Size: 20'4'' × 12' Circa: 1880
A late 19th century Persian Kirman (Kerman) antique carpet, the dusty peach field with three enlarged pendants...
Item No: BB3609
$90,000
A Persian Kirman rug BB4644
Size: 26' × 17'3'' Circa: 1900
An exceptional example from our collection of early 20th century Persian Kirman antique rugs, having an allover...
Item No: BB4644
$200,000
A Persian Kirman carpet BB5569
Size: 14'2'' × 10' Circa: 1900
An early 20th century Persian Kirman (Kerman) antique garden carpet, the royal blue field with small floral forms...
Item No: BB5569
$60,000
A Persian Kirman rug BB3502
Size: 18' × 11'4'' Circa: 1880
A late 19th century Persian Kirman (Kerman) rug, the royal blue field with a playful trellis design of palmettes...
Item No: BB3502
$90,000
A Persian Kirman Rug BB5422
Size: 6'3'' × 4' Circa: 1880This circa-1880 antique Persian Kirman rug features a strikingly detailed all-over design of floral abstractions and arabesques in red, green and black. Shapes such as the boteh can be seen throughout the late 19th century antique carpet; a paisley shape typically...
Item No: BB5422
$25,000
A Persian Kirman carpet BB3696
Size: 16'10'' × 11'4'' Circa: 1900
A decorative early 20th century Persian Kirman (Kerman) antique carpet, the black field with a richly colored...
Item No: BB3696
$55,000
A Persian Kirman rug BB5571
Size: 13'4'' × 9'2'' Circa: 1880
A late 19th century antique Persian Kirman (Kerman) rug, the midnight blue field with an allover herati design...
Item No: BB5571
$28,000
A Persian Kirman Rug BB3671
Size: 19' × 12'7'' Circa: 1880
A late 19th century Persian Kirman (Kerman) antique garden carpet, the overall tile design in a palette of beiges...
Item No: BB3671
$100,000
A Persian Kirman carpet BB2675
Size: 16'8'' × 11'7'' Circa: 1880
A late 19th century Southeast Persian Kirman (Kerman) antique rug, the abrashed light brown field with an allover...
Item No: BB2675
$38,000
A Persian Kirman carpet BB3565
Size: 24' × 11'7'' Circa: 1900
An early 20th century Persian Kirman (Kerman) carpet, the rust field with a flowering vine and abstract palmette...
Item No: BB3565
$120,000
A Persian Kirman rug BB0167
Size: 23'6'' × 15'6'' Circa: 1900
An early 20th century antique Persian Kirman (Kerman) carpet, the pale ivory field with split-leaf tendril...
Item No: BB0167
$150,000
A Persian Kirman rug BB5594
Size: 18'1'' × 12'7'' Circa: 1900
An early 20th century Persian Kirman (Kerman) antique carpet, the black field with a dense herati pattern in red...
Item No: BB5594
$82,000
A Persian Kirman rug BB5588
Size: 19'1'' × 13'3'' Circa: 1900
An early 20th century Persian Kirman (Kerman) antique rug, the sage field with a palmette, flowering vine and cloud...
Item No: BB5588
$130,000
A Persian Kirman rug BB3831
Size: 21'5'' × 13'6'' Circa: 1900
An early 20th century Persian Kirman (Kerman) antique rug, the rust field with a delicately-drawn overall design...
Item No: BB3831
$120,000
Persian Kirman Rug BB5299
Size: 7' × 4'9'' Circa: 1900
This antique circa-1900 Persian Kirman rug features floral abstractions and boteh shapes in shades of blue as an all-over design. A pear-shaped figure often used in Oriental rug designs and characteristic of the paisley pattern, the boteh may represent a leaf, bush...
Item No: BB5299
$12,000
Persian Kirman carpet BB5778
Size: 18'6" x 13'2" Circa:1900
This turn of the century antique Persian Kirman rug features intricate geometric and floral abstractions in dark beige and brown against a field of abrashed camel. The herati pattern, also known as the "fish pattern" - a common staple of Oriental rug weaving - can...
Item No: BB5778
$120,000
A Persian Kirman rug BB4579
Size: 21'10'' × 13'10'' Circa: 1880
A late 19th century Persian Kirman (Kerman) antique carpet, the camel field with an allover trellis of strap work...
Item No: BB4579
$120,000
A Persian Kirman rug
Size: 15'4'' × 10'9'' Circa: 1880
A finely-woven late 19th century Persian Kirman rug, the celadon field having a dense trellis design overall...
Item No: BB4561
$60,000
A Persian Kirman rug ( size adjusted ) BB5643
Size: 21'8'' × 12'6'' Circa: 1880
A fine example from our collection of late 19th century Persian Kirman (Kerman) antique rugs, the golden yellow...
Item No: BB5643
$95,000