Kashan Rugs & Carpets

Kashan is located in central Persia and because of its relatively low elevation, it is extremely hot in the summer. The mud-brick houses are built down to capture the coolness rather than up. The town is situated in a rather drab and dry plain. No worse environment could be a home for the artistically creative mind. But Kashan has had at least two claims to fame in Persian art history. The ceramic craft of the 12th and 13th centuries in both tiles and wares made the town famous. Tiles are still called "kashi" in Farsi in recognition of the Kashan origin of the best. In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries silks of Kashan origin, both brocades and velvets, were noted by European travelers. Rugs were also woven there and the 16th-century silk hunting carpets in Boston and Vienna (museums), as well as the antique small silk Kashans, usually in medallion designs, are cited everywhere as evidence of the artistic and technical prowess of the town. The extremely fine wool rugs of the "Salting" group, most of which found their way to Turkey, are also attributed to Kashan. Similarly, the earliest "Polonaise" silk and metal thread rugs may be Kashan creations.

But Kashan rug weaving ceased for centuries, and it was only revived in the 1880s by Hajji Mollah Hassan, the legendary ‘Mohtasham the Elder’ who was an importer of English cloth and yarn. Having an oversupply of Manchester spun Australian merino yarn, he set his wife, originally from Sultanabad, to weaving a rug. It turned out spectacular, with a velvety, low pile, angular medallion and corners pattern, and a very fine weave. More followed, although by 1890 there were still only three looms in the town. Weaving soon exploded in Kashan and the surrounding villages and by 1900 there were over a thousand looms in Kashan, weaving room size and scatter rugs alike. [...]

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No. 24532
Persia, Early 20th Century
12 ft. x 19 ft. 4 in.
3.66 m x 5.89 m
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12 ft. x 17 ft. 1 in.
3.66 m x 5.21 m
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8 ft. 4 in. x 11 ft. 5 in.
2.54 m x 3.48 m
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1.07 m x 1.93 m
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0.51 m x 0.53 m
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1 ft. 8 in. x 1 ft. 9 in.
0.51 m x 0.53 m
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7 ft. 5 in. x 11 ft. 4 in.
2.26 m x 3.45 m
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No. 26685
Persia, Circa 1970
1 ft. 4 in. x 1 ft. 8 in.
0.41 m x 0.51 m
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No. 26928
Persia, Circa 1950
4 ft. x 5 ft. 10 in.
1.22 m x 1.78 m
$1,125
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No. 26684
Persia, Circa 1970
1 ft. 5 in. x 1 ft. 8 in.
0.43 m x 0.51 m
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No. 26686
Persia, Circa 1970
1 ft. 4 in. x 1 ft. 8 in.
0.41 m x 0.51 m
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No. 26942
Persia, Mid-20th Century
6 ft. 5 in. x 9 ft. 9 in.
1.96 m x 2.97 m
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No. 25675
Persia, Circa 1940
2 ft. 1 in. x 2 ft. 8 in.
0.64 m x 0.81 m
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No. 25674
Persia, Circa 1940
2 ft. 1 in. x 2 ft. 9 in.
0.64 m x 0.84 m
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No. 26310
Persia, Mid-20th Century
4 ft. 5 in. x 7 ft. 6 in.
1.35 m x 2.29 m
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No. 21075
Persia, Circa 1930
12 ft. x 19 ft. 9 in.
3.66 m x 6.02 m
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No. 25933
Persia, Circa 1950
4 ft. 5 in. x 6 ft. 11 in.
1.35 m x 2.11 m
$3,750
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No. 25682
Persia, Circa 1925
1 ft. 10 in. x 2 ft. 9 in.
0.56 m x 0.84 m
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No. 23656
Persia, 1950
1 ft. 9 in. x 2 ft. 10 in.
0.53 m x 0.86 m
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No. 24997
Persia, Circa 1925
2 ft. x 4 ft. 9 in.
0.61 m x 1.45 m
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No. 25482
Persia, Circa 1900
1 ft. 2 in. x 1 ft. 7 in.
0.36 m x 0.48 m
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No. 24856
Persia, Circa 1920
10 ft. x 13 ft. 3 in.
3.05 m x 4.04 m
$16,250
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6 ft. 6 in. x 10 ft. 5 in.
1.98 m x 3.18 m
$7,600
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No. 24661
Persia, Circa 1940
4 ft. 3 in. x 8 ft. 7 in.
1.30 m x 2.62 m
$3,800
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5 ft. 9 in. x 6 ft.
1.75 m x 1.83 m
$5,600
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No. 21189
Persia, 1925
4 ft. 4 in. x 6 ft. 4 in.
1.32 m x 1.93 m
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No. 25113
Persia, Circa 1950
4 ft. 9 in. x 8 ft. 4 in.
1.45 m x 2.54 m
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No. 24259
Persia, 1950
4 ft. 3 in. x 8 ft. 9 in.
1.30 m x 2.67 m
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6 ft. 1 in. x 9 ft.
1.85 m x 2.74 m
$8,250
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No. 9236
Persia, Circa 1925
14 ft. 10 in. x 22 ft. 1 in.
4.52 m x 6.73 m
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