221. A remarkable Kashmar Persian carpet

Old Antique Persian Kashmar Carpet natural dyes

221. Provenance: Kashmar, Khorasan Province, northeast Persia

Size: 290 x 384cm

Age: Circa 1920

Condition: Generally pretty good though with some areas of slight wear.

Colour & materials: The Zirhaki (or 'underground'/'subterraenean') design which usually features vases, deer, peackocks and a wealth of historical reference. These 'treasure' rugs may reflect life in the period of Shah Abbas (reign: 1588 - 1629), perhaps the height of Persia's glory, or alternatively the bas reliefs may represent the ancient city of Persopolis ('City of the Persians'), the capital of the Achaemanid Empire (550-330 BC) which was located 70km northeast of modern-day Shiraz. The details may have been copied from 19th century French lithographs and engravings (some apparently even contain French phrases, lifted verbatim). Either way, these Kashmar carpets are amongst the most 'Persian-feeling' of all today's carpets and are a visual feast. They are solidly woven on cotton foundations using soft and glossy wool.

Price: $2195