Antique large rug #657 Kashan Kork Iran 15.9 x 10.7 feet
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|Country of Origin:
||15.9 x 10.7 ft
(warp and weft):
||floral and pictorial / allover
||Perfect condition, full pile, no repairs
More about the provenance Kashan | Iran
Kashan (also: "Keshan") is located in central Iran at the old Caravan Street which leads from Teheran to Kashan, Qum, Yazd, Kerman, then further to India and Pakistan. The peak glory time of Kashan was under the reign of the Safavids in the 16/17th century. Kashan rugs belong to the best classic Oriental rugs. Kashans are mostly woven with the Persian knot as opposed to the Turkish knot with which most Persian rugs are made.
This Oriental rug has been treated with an "Antique Finish" wash. This wash includes not only the actual cleaning of the carpet but also its processing (ennobling) which represents an increase in the carpet's value. Carpet lovers often appreciate the "patina", the antique look which is reached by ageing, usage, and light exposure. Therefore this wash has been developed which actually accelerates this procedure and turns the colors of a rug, which often still feel and look "raw" after the carpet production, into softer and older looking colors. By this special technique a soft and silky feel is added to the Oriental carpet as well. 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".