(Posted on 25/04/18)
Kashan rugs are woven in workshops of the city of Kashan, in north central Iran. Kashan rugs style, like most Persian styles, is copied by other areas of Iran as well as other countries such as India, China and Pakistan. Their pattern is almost always curvilinear. One traditional design is an elongated diamond-shaped and lobed medallion with floral (usually Shah Abbasi) pendants. This design is one type of the Shah Abbasi medallion. The entire rug including the medallion itself, the corners (in the case of medallion-and-corner), the borders, and the field are filled with Shah Abbasi and islimi motifs. It is common for this traditional design to have a navy medallion with similar corners and border in a red background or White, (five colour Kashan).
A Form of Shah Abbas Motif Another frequently seen design is all-over Shah Abbas. Other designs include vase, hunting and pictorial. The field is usually covered with palmettes and arabesques. The common background colours are navy, rich red, beige and ivory. Common design colours include red, blue, turquoise, ocher, beige, white, brown and occasionally green. The asymmetric (Persian) knot is used. They often signed by the weaver.