This circa 1910 antique Kashan Oriental rug measures 4’3” X 6’9”. It has a rose red field with a floral medallion in tobacco, ivory and two shades of blue. The field motif has willow trees, flowering urns and floral bouquets in the corners all encompassed with a floral border on a blue ground encompassed with one set of reciprocal borders on a tobacco colored ground with a floral motif. There is another set of smaller reciprocal borders on an ivory ground with tiny blue crosses. The condition is evenly low pile. The ends and sides are complete. It is clean and ready to go. This is a classical design and a lovely rug. The buyer pays the shipping which includes insurance of $75.00.
This circa 1940 Persian Kashan Oriental rug measures 4’2” X 6’10”. It has an overall floral design on a tomato red ground with a Wedgewood blue pulled medallion on a field completely covered in flowers in sky blue, teal, rust and ivory. The corners are worked in the same colors. The major border is dark blue with a meandering vine and flower design. There are two reciprocal borders on either side on an ivory ground. The rug has even pile with complete ends and sides. It is clean and ready to go. The buyer pays the shipping with insurance of $75.00.
This circa 1930 Kashan Persian Oriental Rug measures 3’6” X 5’0” (109 x 152 cm). This very finely woven rug has a blue field with a pulled ivory medallion. The corners are worked in red and pale blue. The major border is on a red ground with floral motif. The entire rug is covered in a floral motif. It it had three more flowers it would be considered very busy! This rug is in essentially perfect condition. It is full pile. It has complete ends and sides. It is clean and ready to go. The buyer pays the shipping which includes insurance of $50.00.
This circa 1860 antique Kashan antique Persian Oriental Rug measures 4’3” X 6’9”. It has a central pulled medallion in red with ivory blossoms on a dark blue field which is worked in cypress trees in red and sky blue. There are botehs coming out of the corners which are further worked in red with sky blue motifs. The main border has a floral motif in pale blue, red and gold on a dark blue ground. The ends and sides are complete. The rug is paper thin and is very finely woven. The wool is like velvet. There is slight wear in the field. This is a masterpiece! The buyer pays the shipping and insurance of 75.00.
This circa 1910 American quality antique Kashan Persian Oriental Carpet measures 4’2” X 6’9”. It has a meditation motif with entwined trees going the length of the rug with peacocks and various other birds perched in the branches. The maroon field has nice medium browns ,blues , golds, green etc. It has a navy border with a flower motif. The edges have been rebound. The rug has good pile. The buyer pays the shipping of $75.00.
This circa 1930 European quality Kashan Persian Oriental Carpet measures 4’4” X 6’9”. It has a pulled floral medallion on a tomato red ground with fleur de lis in the corners in sky blue on a navy blue ground. The border consists of ringlets of flowers on a navy ground. This type of rug is known for its fine quality wool and fine weave and for having a sophisticated European style motif. The rug has complete ends and sides. It is clean and ready to go. It is essentially mint condition. The buyer pays the shipping with insurance of $75.00.
This circa 1900 antique Dabir Kashan Persian Oriental carpet measures 4’1” X 6’7” (125 x 204 cm). This elegant rug has a floral motif consisting of vases of flowers and various undulating floral growths with almost fernlike flowers. There are two pairs of parrots and two pairs of lovebirds. The rug is covered in design all on a snow white field. It has a deep red border with meandering leaf and vine motif. Some of the floral work is in a very beautiful pink, the same color as the birds. The rug has good pile. The ends and sides are complete. It is clean and ready to go. The buyer pays the shipping with insurance of $75.00.
This circa 1900 antique Kashan Persian Oriental Carpet measures 9’10” X 13’3” (302 x 405 cm). It is very finely woven of Manchester? Wool with a KPSI of 225. It has a red field with an overall floral design consisting of flowering trees at either end coming towards the middle. There is a vase of flowers at each end containing two bouquets of flowers looking very similar to a peacocks spread tail. The center is a swirling twirling group of flowers. There are eight trees in the field of the rug each containing a very nice looking well drawn bird in blue, red and tobacco. The major border consists of peacocks facing each other in blues and reds and light tobacco separated by vases of flowers and meandering vines and flowers all on an indigo field which is flanked by three pairs of reciprocal borders with meandering floral design. The rug has a few moth bites at the lower end in the apron and up two sides of the apron about one foot. They do not go into the body of the rug. This is not a big deal and if the buyer finds themselves annoyed by this then it can be easily fixed. The rug is signed across the top in the middle reciprocal border. It consists of a poem in Farsi the gist of which is “believers in God will be above all at the end of time”. Except for the very minor moth snacks this rug is full pile with complete ends and sides. It is clean and ready to go. The buyer pays the shipping which includes insurance of $200.00.
This 4th quarter 19th century antique Kashan Persian Oriental carpet measures 8 foot 11 inch by 13 foot 0 inches. It has a medium blue ground with an empty floral design scattered throughout the field in various shades of red and ivory all encompassed with a wide cherry red major border with a floral motif. It has two minor borders on a dark blue ground with a meandering flower and vine design. The inner and outer minor borders have a dark red ground with a meandering flower design. The rug has very soft Manchester like wool and is very finely woven with 380 knots per square inch. The rug is 98% full pile. The ends and sides are complete. It is clean and ready to go. The buyer pays the shipping with insurance of $150.
This circa 1915 antique Kashan Persian carpet measures 8’7” X 11’6” (265 x 353 cm). It has a red pulled medallion inside which is an ivory medallion, inside of that is a light blue medallion all on a medium blue ground. The corners are done in the same red and blue as the medallion and the field. All is done in a very complicated floral motif. Very Kashan looking. The border is done in a flower motif in cartouches. The border is the same red as the medallion and the corners. The colors in this tour de force are three shades of red, very pale pink, three shades of blue, green, tobacco and ivory. The rug is extraordinarily elegant and for its age essentially perfect. The kork wool is very soft, pliable and lovely. The ends and sides are complete. It is clean and ready to go. The buyer pays the shipping which includes insurance of $150.00.
This circa 1920 antique Kashan Persian Oriental carpet measures 9’6” X 19’10” (292 x 609). This carpet of unbelievable quality is woven with Manchester wool. It has a large pulled medallion filled with a floral motif of roses, chrysanthemums and peonies in red, several shades of blue, brown, green and pink which simply floats on the ruby red field of this very finely woven masterpiece. It has a knots per square inch count of 240. The field is a veritable sea of undulating vines and flowers floating inward and outward over the field. The rug has a 3-D feel to it. The corners are worked in a medium to dark blue ground continuing the floral characteristics of the rest of the rug. The major border is one or two shades lighter than the field color and worked in a motif of standing bushes and sprigs of flowers. It is quite wide. I have never seen this border before. It is very, very lovely. The previous owner has added a machine made fringe to both ends of this rug which to me seem out of place, but thankfully the original ends of this rug are in place under this fringe. They have never even been opened. This rug is in absolutely mint perfect condition. A rug of this type and size is very impossible to find and when you add the condition, it is unbelievable! It is clean and ready to go. The buyer pays the shipping with insurance of 300.00
The camera is a little skewed so the rug does not look square and the lighting is off so the bottom looks too dark. The rug is even and the colors consistent. Sorry. This is a very large rug for a photo!
A description of the Wool used in the Construction of Antique Rugs
Most handmade antique rugs are created on a large wooden loom with a foundation of warp (north and south) and weft (east and west) threads often of cotton through which wool threads are knotted to create the pile of the rug. The wool sheared from sheep is spun and soaked in natural dyes made largely from insects, plants and water. The color concentration could vary slightly between dye lots which would sometimes result in a bit of a color change or abrash in a rug. This is normal.
There are many ways to distinguish where a rug was woven. One way is to identify the wool characteristics and how fine the yarn is which will also impact the type of foundation material used. The thicker wool from a rug woven near a mountain region would have a denser pile and a simpler perhaps geometric design. These rugs such as Bidjar rugs are woven on a stronger wool foundation.
Rugs woven nearer the cities may have a more finely spun wool which will allow for more complex designs such as vines and flowers or complex scenes often including bucolic or energetic scenes with animals and people such as is seen in Laver Kerman Rugs.
Beautifully spun very soft wool was also imported from Manchester, England. It is sheared from Merino sheep. These are some of the finest rugs made with the nicest, very finely spun soft wool. This wool was often used for fine Kashan rugs with beautiful fine intricate designs. These rugs are very soft underfoot. The Chinese were also known to import this wool and create beautiful designs.
The most expensive of all wool actually comes from a goat. This wool is known as mohair or angora. The pile rugs made using this rug mostly come from Turkey and have long silky feeling pile. It is very lustrous and dyed in pale beautiful colors and often found in Turkish Oushak rugs.
The last natural material used to weave rugs is from the camel. This is hair shed from a camel and is often used undyed and spun with sheeps wool to create a rug with a beautiful brown hue from a material that is readily available without shearing. This wool is often seen in rugs and runners from Serab and Hamadan regions of Persia.
This circa 1920 Persian Sarouk antique Oriental Rug measures 12’0’ x 13’9”. It has an overall design very reminiscent of a Kashan. The motif consists of flowers and vines done in dark gold, three shades of blue and rose all on a medium maroon ground. It has a dark blue major border consisting of flower and meandering vine motif in the same colors as the field. All is encompassed with two reciprocal borders with large red flowers connected by meandering vine and flowers all on a yellow ivory ground. The rug is essentially full pile. The ends and sides are complete. The rug is clean and ready to go. The buyer pays shipping with insurance of $225.