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Persian Rugs: Guide To Josheghan Rugs


Persian Rugs: Guide To Josheghan Rugs

Rezvani Josheghan Rug 12'x8' Ca. 1920

Josheghan, Josheghan-e-Qali, Joshagan, Joshagan, Djaushegan

Josheghan is one of the oldest centers of continuous weaving in Iran. If I recall correctly in the Survey of Persian Art Arthur Upham Pope wrote about Josheghan. That there had been weaving in Josheghan since before the Afghan invasion that deeply disrupted much of the Safavid era carpet weaving for export.

This leaves a bit of a conundrum. How could the small Iranian town of Josheghan-e-Qali produce enough carpets to have the signifagence in Safavid times that the record indicate. This is actually simpler than many rug experts would make it. Josheghan-e-Qali has been superceded by Meymeh as the market center for that region. Why? The simple answer is that the major highway from Tehran to Isfahan bypasses Josheghan-e-Qali and runs through Meymeh. Before Tehran was an impotant city Josheghan-e-Qali was on the more important road south from Kashan to Isfahan. Only after Tehran became the Capital of Iran did Meymeh superced Josheghan-e-Qali as the dominant market center for that region. I often wonder if Pope's critics spent much time reading history or looking at maps.

Sotheby's Joshagan carpet Late 19th C.


Joshegan, Iran. From 4 by 6 on up to large carpet sizes.

Structure: Asymmetrical knot open right. 9 knots per horizontal inch and 8 knots per vertical inch. 72 per square inch (1116 per square decimeter)

Yarn Spin: Z.

Warp: Cotton, white.

Weft: Cotton 2 shot. 1 rigid, 1 sinuous often white or blue. Not unusual to see multiple singles in one weft as we see to the left.

Pile: 2 Wool singles.

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