Kashan rugs are from the namesake city between Isfahan and Tehran and are amongst the most famous Persian carpets. Their preferred color palette is subtle pastel and earth tones. The patterns are fleshed out with predominant shades of red, blue, indigo and ivory. Some of the antique rugs also use the effect of color shading in its weaving technique to add another level of depth.
The common design of a Kashan centers around a medallion - curve linear motifs like palmettos, leaves and arabesques designs, flower-stems, palmettos, rosettes, blossom and leaf motifs. From the medallion, the work across the rug’s body is densely designed, giving it a thorough amount of character and originality that sets it apart from other antique Persian rug styles. The antique rug in the picture is a 7 years old very rarely found 8x10 Kashan rug (usually the area rugs are sized 6x9). It was part of SoCal Rug Masters' diverse antique Oriental rug inventory in Orange County and sold to to one of our customers who truly value these antique treasures.
Many Kashan rugs have a design inspired by the book cover design from the 15th and 16th century. Kashan rugs are typically high-quality, many incorporating silk into their designs. The foundation tends to be cotton, however some of the finest examples may be pure silk – those rugs are mostly called Qum-Kashan.
What Problems can arise from the dense knotting of high-quality Kashan rugs and how we can help you with the so-called "dry rot issue" which might damage your Kashan area rug.
The dense knotting with Persian knots creates carpets that owners will enjoy for a long time. What comes along with dense knotting is the so called dry rot problem which happens with many tightly woven machine-made or hand-knotted Oriental Persian rugs such as Kashans and Sarouks: Dry rot occurs when over a long period of time, the cotton foundation yarns of the Oriental rugs become brittle and break when attacked by fungi in the air. These brittle yarns might subsequently cause slits along the sides and interiors of the area rug.
To solve this problem and prevent any further slits to your valuable rug – our experts recommend our antique rug cleaning and rug reconditioning. We can recondition the yarn and the foundation (e.g., cotton part) to prevent dry rots. Reconditioning includes our special product which we use during the cleaning and washing process which goes into the fibers and prevents rug slits and yarn breakages.