Vintage Hand Knotted Kashan Floral Medallion Area Rug Carpet Persian 8 x 12'



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Kashan is used to describe a hand knotted rug that usually contains a diamond-shaped medallion on a Shah Abbas field. Shah Abbas fields take their name from a Mogul ruler who significantly contributed to the rise of Persian textile art in the 16th and 17th centuries. Shah Abbas fields, which are used in a variety of Persian designs, contain a series of curvilinear floral forms, creating a garden-like background. They are found either in an all-over format or with a central medallion.

Like many other Persian designs, the Kashan rug design takes its name from the city of its origin (found in modern-day Iran).

Most Kashans follow a medallion-and-corner pattern, sometimes referred to as the ""book-cover"" or Koran design. The design, which arose during the 15th and 16th centuries, takes its inspiration from the beautifully tooled leather covers that were used to bind the Koran. The covers themselves were based on the intricate patterns found in the dome of mosques.

A rich example hand knotted in reds and blue.


Good Vintage Condition – edge wear/fading from use; see pictures


103” x 149” – 8’ x 12’ (Length x Width)