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Persian Rugs: Guide to Kashmar Rugs and Carpets

One of the most popular Persian carpets. A real bargain today in Persian carpets is the Kashmar Rug. Here I take a look at a Kashmar carpet at a major wholesale warehouse, Herat Oriental a Oriental rug warehouse in Alexandria Va.
Kashmar Persian Carpet Persian Rugs: Guide to Kashmar Rugs and Carpets

Kashmar Persian Carpet

Kashmar Rugs and Carpets

Kashmar is an old rug town. I believe that it was a significant rug production area in Safavid times. For many years very good quality Persian City style rugs have been made. Additionally it is a collection point for Baluch tribal rugs.

The formal city style rugs have been made in Kashmar dating back to the 1500s and possibly much longer. Kashmar produces some of the best carpets of Khorasan in north east Iran. One important point about Kashmar carpets is the quality of the wool. The rugs tend to be woven on relatively thin warps and wefts.

There are Baluch in the Kashmar area who produce some of the very best Baluch rugs.

Kashmar rugs from Khorasan may look like a Kashan but (should) cost less.

Kashmar rugs from Khorasan may look like a Yazd but are more flexible with finer warps and wefts.

Kashmar rugs from Khorasan may look like a Kerman but are more flexible with finer warps and wefts.

Please! What is my rugs? Kashmar?

Brief Review of Carpet Industry in Kashmar

Examples

  • Kashmar Rugs: New Kashmar Carpet from RugMan.com

  • Kashmar Rugs: Pictorial Kashmar Carpet

  • Kashmar Rugs: Kashmar Persian Carpet

  • Kashmar Rugs: 8 by 11 New Kashmar Rug

  • Kashmar Rugs: New Kashmar Rug from RugMan.com

  • Kashmar Rugs: Case Kozeh Kashmar Carpet

  • Kashmar Rugs: Kashmar Mina Khani Carpet

  • Kashmar Rugs: New Kashmar Rug from RugMan.com

  • Kashmar Rugs: Torbat-i-jam Mina Khani Baluch Rug Late 19th C. W&W lot 259

  • Kashmar Rugs: Zir Kakik Kashmar Carpet

  • Kashmar Rugs: Torbat-i-Jam Baluch Rug C. 1900 Lot 490

  • Kashmar Rugs: Torbat-i-jam Mina Khani Baluch Rug C. 1900 W&W lot 326

  • Kashmar Rugs: Torbat-i-jam Baluch Rug Late 19th C. W&W lot 327

  • Kashmar Rugs: Khorasan Baluch Rug C. 1900-20 W&W lot 329

  • Kashmar Rugs: Exclusively Belouch Plate 9

  • Kashmar Rugs: Torbat-i-jam Baluch Rug Late 19th C. W&W lot 255

  • Kashmar Rugs: Afghan(?) Baluch Rug C. 1900

  • Kashmar Rugs: Torbat-i-Haidari Baluch rug Persia ca. 1900 Lot 221

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    It is hard to find Kashmar rugs in anything but a 10 by 13 (6 meters) carpet. So where are the other sizes? The truth be told most of them are sold as low-end Nain rugs.
    Kashmar Rug Structure

    This picture is an important attribution clue. Take a look at the warps seem raised above the wefts. There is a fair amount of new production that is not in typical Kashmar patterns but if we pay attention to these distinctive warps we can identify these rugs.

    Kashmar Rug Structure

    • Structure: Symmetrical knot.

    • Yarn Spin: Z.

    • Warp: 1 ply white cotton.

    • Weft: 2 shot white cotton.

    • Pile: 2 wool singles.

    • Ends: Post-hitch wharf binding with 1 inch warp fringe.

    • Selvages: 1 cord overcastting red wool.

    • Handle: Heavy, durable, soft.

    Zir Kakik Kashmar Carpet

    Zir Kakik Kashmar Carpet

    Kashmar is noted for its Zir Khaki or Buried Treasure Rugs.

    Women in a Saffron field in Kashmar Khorasan Province

    Women in a Saffron field in Kashmar Khorasan Province

    To live in the villages and rural areas life is difficult at times. Weaving rugs and working in the saffron fields are jobs women can take while maintaining family life in their villages. Without these jobs they are forced by circumstance to move to the major cities where they rapidly become the poorest of the poor.

    Interesting to note the child just to the right of center. As you can see the child has no basket, that is because child labor has been eliminated in Iran where children go to school and parents go to work.

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