9' 6" x 17' 8"
Circa 1900
Southeast Persia
Ref no. 4717
Kerman #1
Kerman - 9' 6" x 17' 8"
Kerman carpets represent one of the oldest and most venerable traditions of Persian rug weaving. Their designs are remarkably faithful to the great achievements of Safavid weaving in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, as this exquisite example demonstrates. Here the field consists of a lacelike allover design of palmettes and flowers linked by a sinuous array of fine undulating vines. The palette is soft – mid and pale blues, mauve, creamy saffron, and light aubergine, all set against a luminous champagne ground.

The border adroitly reverses this arrangement with the golden tones set on a mid blue ground for subtle contrast with the field. Yet the scale and finesse of the drawing is consistent throughout, giving the whole design a perfect decorative unity and design texture. The soft palette is nicely enhanced by the lustrous Kerman wool pile.