14'8" × 18'9"
An early 20th century Persian Kerman carpet, the abrashed camel field with an overall enlarged paisley lattice with a cream floral motif border.
During the sixteenth century, Shah Abbas I reportedly gave antique kilim 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’ large area rugs and carpets, a term deriving from the depiction of vase motifs in many examples woven there. By the nineteenth century, Kirman was recognized for exceptional Persian rug patterns in the best Persian tradition.