Classic Carpets

Classic carpets, made in both traditional and commercially appealing formats, are the most finely woven and elaborately designed carpets available.

Persian Bidjar

Ref. D5915
Origin: Persian
Pile: Wool & Silk
Foundation: Cotton
Size: 9.7 x 6.5 ft
295×199 cm

Persian Isfahan

Ref. D5916
Origin: Persia
Pile: Wool & Silk
Foundation: Silk
Size: 16.2 x 11.7 ft
493×358 cm

Persian Tabriz

Ref. D5917
Origin: Persia
Pile: Wool & Silk
Foundation: Cotton
Size: 10.3 x 8.4 ft
315×255 cm

Persian Tabriz

Ref. D5931
Origin: Persia
Pile: Wool & Silk
Foundation: Cotton
Size: 11.6 x 8.2 ft
355×250 cm

Indo Jaipur

Ref. D7281
Origin: Persia
Pile: Wool
Foundation: Cotton
Size: 12.0 x 9.0 ft
364 x281 cm

Persian Isfahan Shahab Pour

Ref. D7754
Origin: Persia
Pile: Wool & Silk
Foundation: Silk
Size: 5.07 x 3.34 ft
152 x100 cm

Persian Tabriz

Ref. D8335
Origin: Persia
Pile: Wool & Silk
Foundation: Silk
Size: 8.27 x 5.7 ft
248 x 171 cm

Persian Tabriz

Ref. D8550
Origin: Persia
Pile: Silk & Wool
Foundation: Silk
Size: 13.67 x 3.77 ft
410×113 cm

Persian Naien Nohla

Ref. D8553
Origin: Persia
Pile: Wool & Silk
Foundation: Cotton
Size: 12.67 x 3.0 ft
380 x 90 cm

Persian Naien Nohla

Ref. D8558
Origin: Persia
Pile: Silk & Wool
Foundation: Cotton
Size: 8.24 x 4.87 ft
247 x 146 cm

Persia Tabriz Herati

Ref. D8579
Origin: Persia
Pile: Wool & Silk
Foundation: Cotton
Size: 6.4 x 4.0 ft
192 x 120 cm

Persian Tabriz

Origin: Persia
Pile: Wool & Silk
Foundation: Silk
Size: 13.64 x 9.84 ft
409 x295 cm

Persian Isfahan

Ref. D8588
Origin: Persia
Pile: Wool & Silk
Foundation: Silk
Size: 6.0 x 4.0 ft
180 x120 cm

Persian Isfahan

Ref. N0424
Origin: Persia
Pile: Wool & Silk
Foundation: Silk
Size: 10.2 x 7.0 ft
310×212 cm

Persian Tabriz Oval

Ref. N0827
Origin: Persia
Pile: Wool & Silk
Foundation: Silk
Size: 11.4 x 8.0 ft
347×244 cm

Persian Isfahan

Ref. D8589
Origin: Persia
Pile: Wool & Silk
Foundation: Silk
Size: 6.0 x 4.0 ft
180 x 120 cm

Persian classic carpet making evolved in the Safavieh dynasty in the 16th century when the most famous king of this era, Shah Abbas, transformed the carpet industry. It was in Isfahan, which he made his capital that Shah Abbas first established a royal carpet factory and hired highly skilled artisans from all over Persia to prepare designs to be made by the best master craftsmen.

They are usually named after the cities from which they originate, such as Naien, Isfahan, Qum and Tabriz. Perfection in design, detail and shape are expected for these carpets, unlike tribal or village pieces. These pieces are meticulously designed and plotted onto graph paper by master designers. Ornate and intricate designs are the hallmarks of these classic carpets, and it is not unusual for a large carpet to require four master weavers about five to six years to complete. Persian classic carpets use permanent, vertical looms, most often made out of metal and therefore capable of manufacturing large, room sized carpets. The process is organized and supervised all throughout by the master weaver, often the owner of the entire production facility, and the person whose signature is displayed if the carpet carries a signature. The central medallion and the border design are plotted, most often on separate sheets of graph paper. The colours chosen ranges up to about 120 colours, each denoted by a number. The wool is purchased and dyed, and the looms are set up. Specialized weavers are hired if needed, although many facilities retain specialist craftsmen. The weaving process often takes months or even years before being completed.

Persian classic carpets can be further categorized to depict the old and the modern Persia. The ones that depict the old Persia are usually decorated with beautiful colours. These carpets are usually covered with different designs of flowers and supported by twisting vines. Arabesque art, which is an Islamic feature, surrounds these designs to form a consistent whole. Carpets that depict the new Persia use solid colour field with medallions in the middle and triangular corners. The field is filled with exuberant floral designs laid with precision. The border around the field contains tendrils with pendant like flowers. These patterns beautifully compliment the beauty of these carpets.

The most ancient carpet-producing Persian cities are Isfahan, Tabriz, Kashan and Kerman. Other cities which in the 20th century developed into major producers of classic carpets are Meshad, Naien and Qum.

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