|Title:||Persian Kerman Carpet|
|Item URL:||Click Here To View|
|Description:||Large antique Persian rug. Measures 167 inches by 140 inches. 196 knots per inch. It is at least 80 years old.|
|Condition:||Very good overall appearance. Some wear at a few edges. No soiling or worn spots. Bright colors. Primarily burgandy with gold, green and blue highlights. Some Arabic lettering. Great grandmother said it meant "have a nice day" or similiar.|
|Origin:||Great grandmother had in her estate. She had many collectable art items from her travels abroad.|
|Provenance:||Not to my knowledge. Estate apprasier had trouble estimating the value (20 years ago) so we just kept it. At that time, he said it may be very old.|
|Appraised By:||Robert Loker|
|Appraiser Comments:||This carpet is typical in color and design of carpets from Kerman, a city and a province in southeastern Iran. Kerman has a rug weaving tradition going back to the 16th century. Major rug production for export began about 1890 and since that time most Kerman carpets have been exported to the United States.
Most older Kerman carpets are finely knotted using wool pile on a cotton foundation. A knot count of 196 knots per square inch is fairly typical, although some carpets can have has many as 400 knots per square inch. Older Kerman carpets typically have intricate floral designs and use a wide variety of strong colors. The current market for Kerman carpets is soft as most designers now prefer softer color palates and more open, expensive designs.
I cannot read the Arabic lettering. Most often it is the signature of the designer or the company that wove the rug. The meaning is often indiscernible.
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