Kerman Rugs & Carpets

Kerman is probably the most famous name in Persian rug weaving and justly so, for it has been weaving totally artistically individualistic and commercially successful carpets since about 1600. Only Oushak has a longer continuous rug history. Kerman city is the seat of Kerman province, in southeast Persia. Kerman province is semi-arid and is partially surrounded by deserts and on the west by Fars Province, the home of various prolific tribal weaving groups. The province is elevated, averaging 6000 feet above sea level. Kerman is on the old road from Tehran, Kashan, and Yazd to India. The city is generally undistinguished architecturally except for the tomb of Shah Nimatullah, a fifteenth-century saint.

Kerman has never been a royal capital and therefore never the site of a royal carpet workshop. The arts and crafts industry began around 1600, possibly under the aegis of Shah Abbas who promoted Persian art and commerce. Throughout the century and later the main products were the "Vase" carpets, so-called by the vases often present in a pattern of multiplanar lattices, diagonal palmettes and garden flowers, usually on lac red grounds. Often these carpets reach 30 feet in length and are in the gallery format. The sizes indicate that the roller loom was already in use in Kerman. There are still hundreds of these sturdy carpets and fragments thereof presently extant. They are triple wefted, with thick, straight wool wefts bound by a thin, sinuous cotton or silk weft. Another, smaller group of period Kermans are the "Sanguszko carpets", named after the owner of one, with medallions, corners and animals. They are of finer weave and may have dark blue or ivory fields, besides the usual red.

Production, on a reduced basis, continued through the 18th century and only for a few decades in the 19th century. The weavers turned to woolen shawl making when demand for carpets lagged. The industry began to revive around [...]

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No. 23919
Persia, Early 20th Century
6 ft. 7 in. x 12 ft. 4 in.
2.01 m x 3.76 m
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No. 21058
Persia, Early 20th Century
11 ft. 2 in. x 18 ft. 2 in.
3.40 m x 5.54 m
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17 ft. 1 in. x 19 ft. 2 in.
5.21 m x 5.84 m
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13 ft. 8 in. x 16 ft. 4 in.
4.17 m x 4.98 m
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No. 17728
Persia, Early 20th Century
17 ft. 9 in. x 27 ft. 1 in.
5.41 m x 8.26 m
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7 ft. 9 in. x 10 ft. 5 in.
2.36 m x 3.18 m
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6 ft. 4 in. x 19 ft. 1 in.
1.93 m x 5.82 m
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21 ft. 10 in. x 27 ft. 5 in.
6.65 m x 8.36 m
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No. 27776
Persia, Late 19th Century
7 ft. 2 in. x 8 ft. 5 in.
2.18 m x 2.57 m
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4 ft. 7 in. x 8 ft. 4 in.
1.40 m x 2.54 m
$4,125
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4 ft. 8 in. x 8 ft.
1.42 m x 2.44 m
$5,125
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10 ft. 8 in. x 12 ft. 8 in.
3.25 m x 3.86 m
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10 ft. 11 in. x 17 ft.
3.33 m x 5.18 m
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11 ft. 8 in. x 14 ft. 10 in.
3.56 m x 4.52 m
$19,750
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No. 24471
Persia, Circa 1910
13 ft. 5 in. x 19 ft. 6 in.
4.09 m x 5.94 m
$38,750
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No. 25884
Persia, Circa 1920
10 ft. 8 in. x 11 ft. 8 in.
3.25 m x 3.56 m
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No. 25120
Persia, Circa 1900
3 ft. 2 in. x 3 ft. 6 in.
0.97 m x 1.07 m
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No. 25003
Persia, Circa 1915
1 ft. 10 in. x 2 ft. 6 in.
0.56 m x 0.76 m
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No. 25357
Persia, Circa 1970
1 ft. 10 in. x 2 ft.
0.56 m x 0.61 m
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No. 24995
Persia, Circa 1920
1 ft. 9 in. x 2 ft. 9 in.
0.53 m x 0.84 m
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No. 24996
Persia, Circa 1920
2 ft. 10 in. x 4 ft. 7 in.
0.86 m x 1.40 m
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No. 25007
Persia, Circa 1915
2 ft. 10 in. x 4 ft.
0.86 m x 1.22 m
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13 ft. x 20 ft.
3.96 m x 6.10 m
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11 ft. 7 in. x 22 ft. 3 in.
3.53 m x 6.78 m
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6 ft. 9 in. x 11 ft. 2 in.
2.06 m x 3.40 m
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11 ft. x 15 ft. 1 in.
3.35 m x 4.60 m
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No. 10404
Persia, Circa 1920
13 ft. 4 in. x 26 ft. 11 in.
4.06 m x 8.20 m
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12 ft. 6 in. x 17 ft. 7 in.
3.81 m x 5.36 m
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No. 23000
Persia, 1925
1 ft. 10 in. x 4 ft. 2 in.
0.56 m x 1.27 m
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No. 8700
Persia, Early 20th Century
7 ft. 11 in. x 9 ft. 8 in.
2.41 m x 2.95 m
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