Located in central Iran, Isfahan is regarded as being Iran’s most beautiful city.
For centuries Isfahan has been a culturally important centre for the arts and crafts, and as a result is the source of some of the finest rugs produced. Isfahan Rugs are amongst the most prestigious of Iran’s handmade rugs.
Shah Abbas was the first Persian ruler to exchange embassies with a western nation, and it was through this contact that Persian rugs first reached Europe, thus Isfahans were the first Persian rugs to arrive in Europe. Indeed an interesting group of carpets that fall under this category are the Polonaise carpets; a number of these pieces bore Polish coats-of-arms and it is likely that these carpets were given by Persian Ambassadors, or were woven to order by powerful families.
Isfahan is now without a doubt the most beautiful city in Iran.
Isfahan produces some of the most esteemed oriental carpets.
The weave of Isfahan Rugs can vary greatly, but can reach 700 knots per square inch.
These carpets are woven on a vertical loom employing the Persian (asymmetrical) knot on a double-weft construction. The pile is wool; and key elements of the design are often outlined with silk tracery.
The use of silk warps is common in modern examples, and this allows for even finer knotting.
These are woven in elaborate floral designs; favoured designs are the medallion style, the all-over design (i.e. no medallion), and asymmetrical/mihrab format.
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