Description & Technical information

A classical Keshan: the background is woven and the patterns are knotted in silk.

Keshan (or Kashan) is a city on the borderline of the desert. It is surrounded by arid landscapes. As early as the 16th and 17th centuries, it acquired a respected reputation as a weaving center on the same level as Ispahan. Both cities hosted imperial workshops of the Safavid rulers. For the scholars of the 19th century it became even hard to distinguish them from each other.
Under Shah Abbas (1587-1629) the production reached the highest standards but the Afghan invasion of 1722 destroyed most of the important workshops, including Keshan and Isfahan which only started reopening either unde Qadjar dynasty at the very end of the 19th century/ beginning 20th. Cecil Edward who published “The Persian Carpet” in 1953 after having travelled all over Persia claimed that he didn’t remember seeing Keshan carpets dating from the 18th or 19th in any museum or private collection.

Date:  Around 1930
Period:  20th century
Origin:  Iran
Medium: warp and weft: silk, pile: silk
Dimensions: 207 x 130 cm (81¹/₂ x 51¹/₅ inches)
Categories: Textiles