Persian Kirman Carpet BB5659 9'9" × 15'3" $60,000
An early 20th century Persian Kirman rug, the midnight blue with a highly structured design of enlarged graceful cartouches forming a compartmentalized pattern overall, the cartouches with floral motifs within a camel floral motif border.
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’ antique 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.
Persian rugs 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.
Persian Kirman Carpet BB5659