Hailing from a long line of refined antiques, the Kashan rug is one of the most prominent and recognizable Persian rugs. The reputation of the Kashan rug is one of high standards, exquisite craftsmanship and historical significance in the evolution of decorative weaving. Located in the area between current day Isfahan and Tehran, the Kashan of the Persian Empire was designated a thriving trading locale along the Silk Road leaving a legacy that has spanned centuries. Kashan rugs are hand knotted from premium sheep’s wool in a dense knotting style which is appreciated both for its endurance and beauty. The longevity of the craftsmanship is a noted by connoisseurs and collectors alike.
Often exhibiting rich scarlets, blues and neutral tones, the traditional Kashan patterns of floral ornaments and medallions are woven into the design. While any admirer will immediately be drawn to the bold patterns, a keen eye will fixate on the minute details of symmetrical repetition. Kashan rugs are known for having some of the most curvaceous patterns among all hand-woven rugs with floral motifs, including arabesques and flower-stems, palmettos, rosettes, blossoms and leaves. This curvilinear design of palmettes, intertwining leaves, stems, vines and blossoms woven in an all-over layout is known as the Shah Abbas motif. The large, palace sized piece has several narrow borders woven within borders adding more elegance to this unique piece.