The city of Isfahan (also: "Esfahan") is located in South West Persia, its former name has been Aspadana. In the 17th century Isfahan was considered one of the richest and most splendid cities of the world. Isfahan is strongly related to the history of the Oriental rug. Under the reign of the Safavid kings Abbas I and Abbas II, Isfahan became the stronghold of the art of carpets. The Isfahan carpets of today are perfect reproductions ot the glorious times of Isfahan and are considered the most valuable Persian rugs.
This Oriental rug has been treated with a "Noble Finish" wash. This wash includes not only the actual cleaning of the carpet but also its processing (ennobling) which represents an increase in the Oriental carpet's value. By this special technique a soft and silky feel and shine are added to the carpet. This washing technique requires experience and skill since otherwise carpets could easily be damaged by it. In this case the washing was implemented perfectly.
The special wool with which this Oriental rug has been made is called "Kork" wool. The Persian word "Kork" means "soft down". This expression is used for particularly fine and soft wool for very high quality rugs, especially for expensive rugs made in esteemed manufactures like e. g. in Kashan. It is common to add the word "Kork" to the provenance name as in e. g. "Kashan Kork".
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