Kashmar Rugs

  • Original name: فرش کاشمر


  • What is a Kashmar Rug?

    Kashmar carpets are hand knotted in Kashan, which is located southwest of Mashad (or Meshad) in the province of Khorassan. This city serves as a trading hub for the neighbouring towns, villages and tribes.

    It produces some of the best area carpets in eastern Iran and serves as a collection place for other tribal rugs of unique patterns.

  • Origin: Iran (Khorassan)

    Kashmar carpets are made in Kashan, which is located southwest of Mashad in the province of Khorassan.

  • Common Designs: Medallion, Mihrab

    Traditional floral patterns include a medallion with corner medallion quadrants or all-over styles. Some designs have an open field with an oversized medallion in the centre.

    Kashmar Baluch rugs have all over, Mihrab (prayer arch) designs and at times, large centre-motif designs.

  • Common colours: Blue, Ivory, Green, Gold, Brown

    Dark blues, light blues, ivory and various green, gold and brown hues are utilised for the design components and border field, with pomegranate red (from cochineal) backgrounds.

  • Material: Wool, Cotton

    Older rugs have a wool foundation and a wool pile, but after World War II, most weavers switched to a cotton foundation with a wool pile.

  • Kashmar Rug Characteristics

    These rugs are both functional and pleasing to the eye. They are based on the classic medallion Kashan rugs and, in the higher quality versions, offer a lovely softness of wool and a beautiful colour balance. These rugs can be woven on a cotton warp and weft (base), they are excellent value for money because they only have red and blue ground designs and are therefore out of sync with modern furnishing colours (but this could change!). The Persian (asymmetric) knot is applied to the weaving of these rugs.

    Kashmars are available in various sizes, ranging from five feet by three feet to immense room proportions.

  • The History Of Antique Persian Kashmar Rugs

    Kashmar rugs have a long history dating back to the 1500s. They are scarce and historically significant. Kashmar rugs, like books, tell stories about the rich cultural life and history of the region.

    Kashmar carpets have been famous in the city market since the late 1800s, and they're known as "Kashmar Khorasan" around the area.

    Following the demand of domestic and foreign clients, many Kashmar weavers migrated away from traditional designs and toward patterns comparable to other weaving locations in Iran during the late twentieth century.