19th Century Kirman Bold Red, Dark and Light Blue Handwoven Wool Rug BB5719 6'6" × 12'0" $35,000
This circa-1880 antique Persian Kerman rug is a striking display of color and innovative design in bold red and contrasted light and dark blue colors, featuring an atypical Damask rose motif. Traditionally considered a symbol of beauty and love, the flower makes an intriguing appearance amidst diagonally patterned designs in this unique piece. Antique Kirman carpets are sought-after collectors’ items for a number of reasons, including their broad range of designs, an elaborate palette, use of natural dyes and fibers, great tensile strength and expert color combinations.
The Antique Persian rugs are typically cotton-foundation with high knot densities, and frequently have intricate all-over floral patterns – as seen in this particular carpet. Kirman weavers typically set their looms so that the cotton warps (parallel wrap yarns running the length of the antique rug) were on two different levels.
19th Century Kirman Bold Red, Dark and Light Blue Handwoven Wool Rug BB5719