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Mid Century Persian Kerman


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I researched Persian rugs, and found that this was woven in Kerman Iran, probably in the late 1960's. The story goes that a new rug weaver opened shop with the intent of making the highest quality rugs. The other rug weavers sued him in local court to prevent him from outdoing them. They lost. This rug has 360 stitches per square inch, and therefore because of the high stitch count, is believed to be from the 'outlaw' rug weaver. Digital photos don't do light blue colors justice, and the close up gives a better look at the stunning color.



Mid-Century Persian Kerman


From Rug Rag

Kerman Rug / Carpet (really a carpet in this size).  Sometimes loosely referred to as "American Kerman" circa 1960's as you determined and as mentioned.  It is a true Persian carpet woven in Persia / Iran.  The vast majority of this "American" Kerman style are post WWII.  Earlier than WWII generally follow a less rigid motif, although will often have similar attributes. 

Finer and more choice Kerman rugs from this vintage will have in excess of one dozen colors with a knot density of around 225 knots per square inch (around 15 knots horizontal, 15 knots vertical.  More commercialized Kerman rugs (often also the later era) will have fewer colors be in the area of 170 knots per square inch (around 13 horizontal, 13 vertical) or less.  Yours appears to be the latter based on many factors, but a find nonetheless.

Many incorrectly count knots, or dealers often inflate such numbers and other information.  More likely with this carpet, knot count of 360 was inaccurately determined by counting the double ply yarn as two separate knots.  For example, 13 knots horizontal by 13 knots vertical = 169 kpsi.  Counting two knots vertical for each vertical knot (incorrectly assuming 2 ply is two separate knots) brings the count to 13 x 26 = 338 kpsi.  Congruent with a less reputable dealer's story or additional misinterpreted knot count, may bring it up more... 

Knot count is often irrelevant in the scope of a carpet.  However, if accurately measured, it should be assessed in two or more areas of a carpet.  Especially more toward the inside: e.g. samplings in and around the field.  Although a minority square area (in the scope of the entire carpet), often the outer 2" or 3" of a mid-century Kerman rug edge is more tightly woven than the rest of the carpet.  Generally, in this area, Kerman rugs of this vintage and knot density will not fall far outside a 5% margin +/-.



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