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Floral Red Kashan Turkish Oriental Area Rug Wool 10x13

Floral Red Kashan Turkish Oriental Area Rug Wool 10x13

13' 0'' X 9' 8'' $419   $252  
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Floral Red Kashan Turkish Oriental Area Rug Wool 10x13

Floral Red Kashan Turkish Oriental Area Rug Wool 10x13

12' 9'' X 9' 8'' $546   $328  
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Floral Red Kashan Turkish Oriental Area Rug 10x13

Floral Red Kashan Turkish Oriental Area Rug 10x13

13' 4'' X 9' 7'' $347   $208  
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Floral Green Kashan Turkish Oriental Area Rug Wool 10x13

Floral Green Kashan Turkish Oriental Area Rug Wool 10x13

13' 3'' X 9' 8'' $548   $329  
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Floral Red Kashan Turkish Oriental Area Rug Wool 6x10

Floral Red Kashan Turkish Oriental Area Rug Wool 6x10

9' 8'' X 6' 5'' $438   $263  
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Floral Ivory Kashan Turkish Oriental Area Rug 7x10

Floral Ivory Kashan Turkish Oriental Area Rug 7x10

9' 9'' X 6' 7'' $546   $328  
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Floral Red Kashan Turkish Oriental Area Rug Wool 6x10

Floral Red Kashan Turkish Oriental Area Rug Wool 6x10

9' 8'' X 6' 4'' $438   $263  
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Hand-Knotted Red Floral Kashan Persian Area Rug Wool 4x7

Hand-Knotted Red Floral Kashan Persian Area Rug Wool 4x7

6' 6'' X 4' 4'' $639   $384  
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Hand-Knotted Red Floral Kashan Persian Wool Rug 3x5

Hand-Knotted Red Floral Kashan Persian Wool Rug 3x5

4' 10'' X 3' 1'' $732   $439  
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Red Floral Kashan Persian Runner Rug 2x10

Red Floral Kashan Persian Runner Rug 2x10

9' 6'' X 2' 5'' $823   $494  
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Antique Red Kashan Persian Runner Rug 4x17

Antique Red Kashan Persian Runner Rug 4x17

17' 3'' X 3' 8'' $2,355   $1,414  
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Red Floral Kashan Persian Runner Rug 3x10

Red Floral Kashan Persian Runner Rug 3x10

10' 3'' X 3' 2'' $908   $545  
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Red Floral Kashan Persian Runner Rug 3x10

Red Floral Kashan Persian Runner Rug 3x10

10' 1'' X 3' 2'' $732   $439  
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Red Floral Kashan Persian Runner Rug 3x10

Red Floral Kashan Persian Runner Rug 3x10

9' 7'' X 3' 4'' $875   $525  
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Red Floral Kashan Persian Runner Rug 3x10

Red Floral Kashan Persian Runner Rug 3x10

10' 5'' X 2' 7'' $876   $526  
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Red Floral Kashan Persian Runner Rug 3x7

Red Floral Kashan Persian Runner Rug 3x7

6' 11'' X 2' 10'' $639   $384  
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Red Floral Kashan Persian Runner Rug 3x10

Red Floral Kashan Persian Runner Rug 3x10

9' 10'' X 2' 6'' $639   $384  
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Red Floral Solid Kashan Persian Runner Rug 4x13

Red Floral Solid Kashan Persian Runner Rug 4x13

12' 9'' X 3' 10'' $1,447   $868  
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Traditional Floral Kashan Persian Area Rug 8x11

Traditional Floral Kashan Persian Area Rug 8x11

11' 11'' X 8' 1'' $908   $545  
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Traditional Floral Kashan Persian Area Rug 10x13

Traditional Floral Kashan Persian Area Rug 10x13

13' 3'' X 9' 8'' $1,090   $655  
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Floral Kashan Persian Area Rug 10x14

Floral Kashan Persian Area Rug 10x14

13' 8'' X 9' 11'' $4,120   $2,472  
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Traditional Floral Kashan Persian Area Rug 8x11

Traditional Floral Kashan Persian Area Rug 8x11

11' 4'' X 8' 2'' $1,090   $655  
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Traditional Red Floral Kashan Persian Area Rug 8x12

Traditional Red Floral Kashan Persian Area Rug 8x12

12' 5'' X 7' 11'' $1,261   $757  
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Red Traditional Floral Kashan Persian Area Rug 10x14

Red Traditional Floral Kashan Persian Area Rug 10x14

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Red Floral Traditional Kashan Persian Area Rug 10x13

Red Floral Traditional Kashan Persian Area Rug 10x13

13' 4'' X 9' 7'' $1,098   $659  
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Traditional Floral Kashan Persian Area Rug 8x12

Traditional Floral Kashan Persian Area Rug 8x12

11' 9'' X 7' 11'' $1,274   $765  
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Hand-Knotted Traditional Floral Kashan Persian Area Rug 10x13

Hand-Knotted Traditional Floral Kashan Persian Area Rug 10x13

12' 7'' X 9' 6'' $1,274   $765  
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Red Floral Traditional Kashan Persian Area Rug 10x14

Red Floral Traditional Kashan Persian Area Rug 10x14

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Red Traditional Floral Kashan Persian Area Rug 10x13

Red Traditional Floral Kashan Persian Area Rug 10x13

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Floral Kashan Persian Area Rug 6x9

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Red Traditional Floral Kashan Persian Area Rug 10x13

Red Traditional Floral Kashan Persian Area Rug 10x13

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Red Floral Kashan Persian Area Rug 10x13

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12' 9'' X 9' 6'' $548   $329  
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Kashan Rugs: A Tribute to the Safavid Dynasty of the Persian Empire

Kashan rugs are an export from one of Iran’s oldest cities, Kashan, dating back to the 17th century or late 16th century. Kashan was a hub of silk production beginning with the Safavid dynasty, a golden age of Persian weaving under the reign of Shah Abbas.

Contemporary Kashan rug sales began toward the end of the 19th century, when Kashan merchants hoped to replicate the success of weaving shops in Tabriz to the north. During this era, many antique Kashan rugs were commissioned for individual homes. The best Kashan carpets of the 19th-century and turn of the 20th century are formal, traditional and luxurious.

The warp and weft of Kashan rugs are usually made of cotton with the traditional asymmetrical Persian know. The thin double weft is often woven between 120 knots per square inch and 840 knots per square inch. The finished texture of Kashan rugs is soft to the touch. The best Kashan carpets use a superior quality of wool that sometimes has silk mixed in.

An antique Kashan rug was colored with vegetable dyes, which contribute to their unique texture, but modern Kashan rugs (from the 1930s) use contemporary chrome dyes.

The highly sought after curvilinear designs of Kashan weaving was popularized by Kashan weavers in the early 1900s. The Kashan rug typically centers around a teardrop medallion, though intricately detailed motifs like palmettos, blossoms, leaves and arabesques are common, as well. The “Royal Garden” of Kashan is the source of a notable garden motif that is the archetype of Persian carpet designs. Another inspiration for many Kashan carpets is the “Garden of Paradise.”

Pakistani Kashan Rugs

When the Mogul empire spread through Iran to the Indian subcontinent, the work of Persian weavers was carried to modern day Pakistan. The city of Lahore today produces the vast majority of modern Pakistani Kashan rugs.

Like their Iranian forebears, Pakistani Kashans use a wool pile on a cotton base. Mogul Kashan rugs use the Senneh knot, an asymmetrical double knot that produces a dense, heavy weave, making them extremely durable. One of the main distinctions between Iranian and Pakistani Kashan rugs is the use of color. Pakistani Kashans feature predominantly pastel shades, whereas a traditional Persian Kashan carpet may include richer reds, greens and blues.
    
Motasham Kashan Carpets: Exceptional…and Exceptionally Rare

Motasham Kashan carpets are the rarest group of Kashan carpets. They feature non-traditional designs and color palettes and were woven with lamb’s wool renowned for its luminous, reflective sheen. True Motasham Kashan rugs are finely knotted and extremely difficult to find.

Dating from the middle of the 19th century, antique Motasham Kashan carpets are among the finest Persian carpets. Early Motasham Kashan rugs (pre-1850) use a technique known as abrash, marked by an emotive use of color shading and color shifts. They commonly feature an antique ivory or gold background and subtle pastel tones throughout the weave. Over time, the dyes in an antique Motasham rug will soften and acquire an earthy patina. The rich lanolin will rise to the surface of the wool fibers over time, given the rug an extraordinary luster.