A Kerman Rug

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4'0" x 7'2" - 122cm x 218cm
C 1920
Wool pile, wool warp & weft
Upon request
Down in the southeast of Iran, close to an oasis in the desert Dasht-e-Lut lies the city of Kerman with a population of approximately 350 000 inhabitants. The city was founded in the 4th century and had great importance for the people who were travelling far along the trading routes between Iran and India. During the centuries different masters have ruled the city, for example Arabs, Seljuks and Mongolians. The carpet manufacturing has long been an important industry and carpets from Kerman are easily recognized. The ground colour is often red or ivory and blue, and the pattern is dominated by a centrally placed medallion together with a wide border filled with flowers. The carpets that were manufactured before World War I usually have different motifs, such as trees, animals and figural motifs. The material as well as the design is usually of good quality. The Kerman carpets were considered to be the best among the Iranian carpets.