While the photographs are sometimes difficult to tell condition, the description seems
to match up well with what is expected for this type and genre of carpet... For this, and the outstanding character of this piece, we tip our hats to this pretty Kerman Carpet! A great candidate for Oriental Rug Verification
Some would refrain from a rug with unbalanced and heavy abrash toward one side as seen below the medallion the light blue. It's not entirely uncommon. However, in our opinion, these varying colors not only add to the depth and beauty of the piece overall, but really flesh out the true tones that such dyes are capable of acheiving. As one Rug Rag reader mentioned, abrash such as this is "like stretching a fine whiskey," where we can truly see a full range of tones possible.
Many of these Kermans from in and around 1900 were made with a cochineal red. This is a natural dye, actually derived from the cochineal insect which are found on cacti. The result of pulling dye from these insects yields a very distinct (and usually fairly consistent) shade of a rich red with a blue note. Over time from oxidation or use, the colors may tarnish somewhat, rendering a slight purple hue. However, as opposed to the madder root which is also used to attain red tones, cochineal tends not to have the essence of an "earth tone" base present.
Overall, this is a very pretty design, excellent execution (especially in the spandrels seen below) and VERY workable size with high decorator appeal. It's not too frequent that one finds these older vintage Kerman rugs in normal room sizes. Enjoy!
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is not an uncommon practice for some larger rug sellers to have a
"color specialist" for online display. However in the instance of
antique rugs and carpets tones and contrast may be very important to a
collector regarding value. If we make note of unusually deep contrast,
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