Kashan, Iran
Although the city of Kashan lies to the north of Isfahan, to the north-east of Djoshegan and to the north west of Yazd and therefore in the centre of a great carpet producing region – it cannot be proved with any certainty that carpets were produced in Kashan in the sixteenth or seventeenth centuries. While no carpets of the classic period are k...
Although the city of Kashan lies to the north of Isfahan, to the north-east of Djoshegan and to the north west of Yazd and therefore in the centre of a great carpet producing region – it cannot be proved with any certainty that carpets were produced in Kashan in the sixteenth or seventeenth centuries. While no carpets of the classic period are known to have been produced in Kashan, we have carpets of the first half of the nineteenth century which were certainly made there. These are noted for their exceptionally fine knotting. Until quite recently, the Kashan carpet makers remained faithful to their tradition of very close knotting but the very short which it was thus possible to obtain was partly abandoned in favour of the demand for a longer pile, in order that the carpets might stand up to chemical washing. The design of Kashan carpets is the medallion, very definitely arabesque in form, with appropriate corners, but we find also a repeating pattern with large rosettes and palmettes and other floral designs.
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