The small village of Kashan is known for its weaving art. These usually red carpets are decorated with lots of floral and garden patterns and a medallion placed in their centers. Collectors seek to find particularly antique Kashans.
At the edge of the desert Dasht-e-Kavir, in Iran’s province of Isfahan, lies the city of Kashan, also referred to as Keshan. Kashan and its surrounding villages are famous for their weaving art, which reaches back to the medieval times. Next to its carpets, Kashan is also known for its ceramics. Although the quality of Kashans can vary, the majority of them are premium high quality. Particularly antique Kashans are sought-after. The knot density starts at 250.000 knots per square meter. The carpets are knotted with an asymmetric knot (Persian knot), weft and warp consist of cotton and the pile is made of high-grade wool. The most common pattern of a Kashan is a diamond-shaped medallion in the center of it, surrounded by garden and/or figurative motives. These fine carpets usually have a red basic color with blue borders and edges, but combinations of beige and blue are popular as well.
Kashan carpets, also referred to as Keshan, come from the city of Kashan and the nearby villages in central Iran's Isfahan Province. These handwoven carpets share a long tradition in Iran which dates back to the Safavid period. These premium and popular carpets use new wool which is knotted to a cotton warp. Like other carpets, Kashan carpets are woven with asymmetric knots, also known as “Senneh knots“, as well. Next to these, Kashan carpets exist which have both a cotton warp and cotton woof. The classic pattern of Kashan carpets mostly consists of a centrally placed medaillon, which is surrounded by figurative figures such as flowers for instance. Concerning the colors, Kashans are predominantly produced in red, blue and beige tones.