Kirman Rugs

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.

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.

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A Persian Kirman Rug BB5894

Size: 15'8" x 8'8" Circa:1920: An early 20th century antique Persian Kirman rug.

Item No: BB5894
$55,000

A Persian Kirman Rug BB5921

Size: 17'9'' × 9'1'' Circa: 1880
A late 19th century Persian Kirman (Kerman) antique carpet, the slate blue field with a dense allover pattern of ochre spilt-leaves, flowers and leafy vinery surrounding two small cusped...

Item No: BB5921
$70,000

A Persian Kirman Rug (size adjusted) BB5922

Size: 17'5'' × 11'7'' Circa: 1900
An early 20th century Kirman (Kerman) antique carpet from Southeast Persia on a field with an abrashed sand field with an allover pattern of scattered floral sprays and birds, within a sand...

Item No: BB5922
$60,000

A Persian Kirman Rug BB5928

Size: 22'2'' × 11'10'' Circa: 1900
An early 20th century Persian Kirman (Kerman) antique pastel green field with a delicate allover pattern of floral sprays within a similar floral spray border.

Item No: BB5928
$125,000

A Persian Kirman Rug BB5929

Size: 20'5'' × 13'9'' Circa: 1900
A late 19th century antique Persian Kirman rug having a camel field with an overall dense design of serrated leaves palmettes and floral vinery around a central medallion ringed by...

Item No: BB5929
$90,000

A Persian Kirman Rug BB5980

Size: 22'9'' × 13' Circa: 1920
An early 20th century Persian Kirman (Kerman) carpet.

Item No: BB5980
$110,000

A Persian Kirman Rug BB6025

Size:26'5" x 13'2" Circa:1920
An Early 20th century antique Persian Kirman rug.

Item No: BB6025
$180,000

A Persian Kirman Rug BB6026

Size:25'4" x 15'7" Circa:1920
An early 20th century antique Persian Kirman rug.

Item No: BB6026
$150,000

A Persian Kirman Rug BB6019

Size:16'9" x 9'10" Circa:1920
An early 20th century Persian Kirman rug.

Item No: BB6019
$80,000

A Persian Kirman Rug BB6045

Size: 19' × 16'2'' Circa: 1880
A late 19th century antique Persian Kirman (Kerman) rug.

Item No: BB6045
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A Persian Kirman Rug BB6046

Size: 19'3'' × 14' Circa: 1900
An early 20th century Persian Kirman (Kerman) antique carpet.

Item No: BB6046
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Persian Kirman carpet BB5778

Size: 18'6" x 13'2" Circa:1900
An early 20th century Persian Kirman (Kerman) antique rug, the abrashed camel field with a spacious symmetrical design.

Item No: BB5778
$120,000

A Persian Kirman Rug BB5796

Size: 11'10" x 9'10" Circa:1900

Item No: BB5796
$70,000

A Persian Kirman carpet BB5860

Size: 11'3" x 9' Circa:1920
An early 20th century Persian Kirman rug having a midnight blue field with a light blue border.

Item No: BB5860
$40,000

A Persian Kirman Rug BB5885

Size: 15'10" x 11'10" Circa:1920
An early 20th century antique Persian Kirman rug.

Item No: BB5885
$90,000

A Persian Kirman rug BB4045

Size: 26'10'' × 13'10'' Circa: 1880
A late 19th century Persian Kirman (Persian) antique rug, the caramel field with a dense overall design of rows ...

Item No: BB4045
$180,000

A Persian Kirman carpet BB4087

Size: 21'4'' × 14' Circa: 1880
An exceptional late 19th century Persian Kirman (Persian) antique rug, the beige field with an unusual trellis over ...

Item No: BB4087
$160,000

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 BB4128

Size: 18'7'' × 12'4'' Circa: 1880
A late 19th century Persian Kirman (Kerman) antique rug, the celadon field with a dense allover trellis design ...

Item No: BB4128
$120,000

A Persian Kirman carpet BB4243

Size: 18'3'' × 12'4'' Circa: 1900
An early 20th century Persian Kirman (Kerman) antique carpet, the pale pistachio field with a spacious trellis over ...

Item No: BB4243
$130,000

A Persian Kirman carpet BB3702

Size: 20'3'' × 11'8'' Circa: 1880
A late 19th century Southeast Persian Kirman (Kerman) antique rug, the camel field with an allover pattern ...

Item No: BB3702
$160,000

An Antique Kirman Rug BB5719

Size: 12' x 6'6" Circa: Circa: 1880
A late 19th century antique Persian Kirman (Kerman) rug, with an all over design of unusually Damask rose motif.

Item No: BB5719
$35,000

A Persian Kirman rug BB2665

Size: 22'3'' × 14'10'' Circa: 1880
A late 19th century Persian Kirman (Kerman) antique rug, the slate blue field with an unusual design of graceful ...

Item No: BB2665
$150,000

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
$120,000

A Persian Kirman Rug BB5735

Size: 19'4" x 11'9"Circa: 1920
An early 20th century Southeast Persian Kirman (Kerman) garden carpet, the sage, beige and brown field with an overall field stepped design, with rectangular compartments.

Item No: BB5735
$90,000
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