Vintage Persian Kirman Rug (Size Adjusted) BB5643 12'6" × 21'8" $95,000
A fine example from our collection of late 19th century Persian Kerman rug, the golden yellow field with a delicately-drawn lattice of linked lozenges containing floral motifs within a border of reciprocal floral meander stripes.
During the sixteenth century, Shah Abbas I reportedly gave antique 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 Persian 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.
Vintage Persian Kirman Rug (Size Adjusted) BB5643