Common Sizes: 4' x 7'6" thru 12' x 18'.
Approximate KPSI: Generally 180 thru 225 kpsi (latter are generally finer examples.)
Materials: Wool pile with cotton foundation.
Common Motif: Somewhat more ornate design with overall floral and curvilinear. Commonly feature a center medallion. This vintage Kerman is among the more 'regular' to feature pictorial motifs of Shahs, European figure heads, etc.
Distinguishing Characteristics: Thin carpets, ornate designs, cochineal red dye (purplish tinted red).
Typical Price Points**: $20 - $400 per square foot.
Signatures/dates: Not entirely uncommon
Alternative Spellings: Kerman, Kirman
An antique* Kerman (sometimes spelled Kirman) is a Persian Rug which
exceeds 100 years of age. While there are several types of antique
Kermans, Kermans are perhaps one of the more easily identifiable
carpets (especially when in person), as the antique vintage tended to
be highly defined in several areas. First, these were very thin
carpets, with a very low pile height. Second distinguishing element
about Kerman carpets is the types of colors used which were almost
always "vegetable" dyes or natural sources (as seen below). How this
translated into the carpets themselves was it brought a very distinct
color palate that is consistently seen in antique Kermans more so than
other types of rugs.