Since the beginning of the 13th century the region of Kirman in Iran has been producing high quality rugs and carpets. There are many antique Kirman rugs in circulation today with antique dealers and collectors of fine arts and crafts clambering to get their hands on them, if and when they become available on the open market.
Kirman is a city and province in south central Iran with around 60,000 inhabitants, and to this day they are still producing rugs of the highest quality. Because of its isolation Kirman survived the invasions relatively unscathed, which meant their arts, crafts, carpets and rugs prospered far better than many of the other surrounding regions did during this time.
So just how do you spot antique Kirman rugs from all the other different types of Persian rugs and carpets? They are actually easily identifiable because of their floral designs with elegant flowing curves; with many have cartouche orders around the edge. They are also extremely noticeable because of the many different colours that were used in their designs. The colours are so good because the dying process is actually done while the wool is still in the flock. This process allows for a far more uniformed colour to be made.
The varying colours used in the production of antique Kirman rugs were and still is actually quite diverse. Different shades of ivories, blues, reds and magentas all the way through to the more luxurious gold’s and saffron are used.
It wasn’t until the middle of the 16th century that Kirman rugs began to be more widely recognised, this was because of their ‘Vase Carpets’ as vase motifs were woven into their rugs and carpets. By the turn of the 19th century Kirman rugs, or antique Kirman rugs as we know them today, were being produced in far greater numbers. These rugs are still seen as some of the best ever Persian examples of rug ever made. This is because of the fine weaving techniques that were used, not to mention the delicate and intricate drawings that are displayed on these fine examples of Persian Kirman rug.
Antique Kirman rugs can still be found in many differing shapes and sizes with the main foundation often of the rugs being cotton. They are a product that is in high demand, which can often, and frequently does, make them a very expensive product to own, but one that is certainly worth having in your very own collection, as many people actually own more than one.
Despite their age many antique Kirman rugs are very durable and hard wearing, yet their gracefulness is still something to behold as they look stunning wherever it may be displayed in your home.
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