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Kashan oriental rugs are named for the city of Kashan, the capital city of the Isfahan province in North Central Iran.
Kashan is one of Iran's oldest cities and was a well-known center of silk, resulting in some of the finest Persian silk rugs of ancient times.
most common traditional design of these Kashan oriental rugs is a
central medallion with corners on a field that can contain any number of
curvilinear floral forms and sprays, vines, and arabesques.
The design of Kashan rugs has remained pretty much unchanged for centuries and thus the Kashan is relatively easy to identify and fits well into our Study of Oriental Rugs by Design.
The foundation of Kashan oriental rugs consists of cotton warps (top to bottom cords) and 2 shoots of cotton wefts (side to side cords), usually dyed blue. The first weft is thicker and straight and the second is thinner and sinuous.
Kashan oriental rugs use the Persian or Senneh asymmetrical knot. The yarn is placed in a loop around one of the warps (up and down foundation cords) and remains loose under the other. The 2 ends emerge on either side of the warp. The Kashan rugs will open to the left.
The ends are usually finished with a cotton kilim (a flat area of varying size woven at the end of the rug before the fringe is finished) combined with a knotted fringe. An alternating red and blue or yellow and blue weft pattern can sometimes be found in the kilim.
The sides are finished with a single cord overcast in wool.
pile is composed of tightly woven wool and is usually clipped
relatively short to allow the intricacy of the design to show through.
Although they would be quite rare today, some Kashans are made of silk.
most common colors used in Kashan oriental rugs before 1970 were red
and navy blue with the red used for the field and the navy blue for the
From the 1970s until the 1980s, the color palette changed to a pale green/grey field with purple-blue wefts.
Since the 1980s, Kashan oriental rugs have gone back to the traditional colors of red and navy blue.
Kashan oriental rugs are made in all sizes.
Signatures or Dates
it may or may not be important as far as determining the value of these
rugs, signatures and/or dates can sometimes be found woven into the
They could be the weaver's name, the name of the person who commissioned the rug, the area in which the rug was woven, or even the name of the factory that made the rugs.
Dry Rot Problem
rot can be a problem with many tightly woven machine made or
hand-knotted rugs, such as Kashans, Sarouks, and machine-made rugs such
Over a long period of time, the cotton foundation yarns can become brittle and break when attacked by fungi in the air. If this should be the case, there will be slits along the sides and interiors of these rugs.
the Afghan invasion of 1722, the Safavid dynasty was conquered and rug
production all but ceased. However, Kashan soon became known as an
important center of the garment trade.
By the late 19th century the market had shifted back from fine wool cloth to fine wool rugs and the rug trade was successfully revived.
of the most prized rugs from Kashan, dating from the middle of the 19th
century (though sometimes earlier), are the antique Mohtasham Kashans.
These rugs usually have an antique ivory or gold background, have
closely shorn pile and very fine detail. Colors are usually soft pastels
and earth tones with a deep midnight indigo blue contrast. These
particular rugs often use a subtle form of abrash or intentional
variations in the color tones.
Other sought after Kashans include the Manchester and Dabir as well as the Souf.
Help! We've had a flood and my carpets and rugs are soaked! What should I do?
MOLD and MILDEW DAMAGE
or flood damage is a major cause of mold and mildew growth. Mold and
mildew will begin to develop within 24 to 48 hours of any water exposure
in the home, including leaks, sewage back-up, overflows, etc. Mold and
mildew will continue to grow until the source of the moisture is dealt
Mold is a real health hazard. Infants, children, immune-compromised patients, as well as pregnant women, the elderly, and those with existing respiratory conditions are at a high risk for adverse health effects.
For more information on mold and mildew, please see Mold and Mildew, Mold or Mildew, and Prevent Mold or Mildew on our Articles page.
WATER or FLOOD DAMAGE RESTORATION for a HOME or BUSINESS
There are 3 important steps you must take when a flood occurs in your home or business:
1. Call your insurance company.
need to determine if the damage will be covered. Some policies require
extra insurance if you are in a flood zone. Without that insurance,
ground water coming into your home or business may not be covered.
2. Call a certified Water or Flood Damage Restoration Company as soon as possible.
this as soon as possible after you notice any flood damage can make the
difference between a relatively short job and a much longer, costlier
damage must be caught within hours in order to prevent sheet rock
damage and carpet and pad replacement. Affected areas can be dried with
extraction, dehumidification equipment, and engineering controls before
mold has a chance to take over.
3. Obtain answers to the following questions:
The answers to the following questions are important in order to determine whether or not mold and mildew have had a chance to start, which leads to different skills and services. The answers to these questions will also help the restoration technician decide what equipment needs to be brought to the site.
Additional questions which help determine the degree of drying required:
WHAT IS WATER OR FLOOD DAMAGE RESTORATION AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
To find out how this procedure works and how it affects your water-damaged wall-to-wall carpets and area and oriental rugs, as well as furniture, clothing, etc., please continue reading here.
Introducing new and more economical choices for high quality pads under your area and oriental rugs!
We have always offered superior pads for area rugs on all types of surfaces in your home. We will continue to offer:
Now we are very proud to announce the addition of 2 more excellent quality pads:
WHY RUG PADS?
There are important reasons why we recommend every rug be placed on a pad:
FOR AREA RUGS ON HARDWOOD FLOORS:
FOR AREA RUGS ON WALL-TO-WALL CARPET:
FOR AREA RUGS ON TILE FLOORS:
COME IN AND SEE FOR YOURSELF!
Now, as always, whenever you bring area and oriental rugs to our
plant, we will ask if you would like to have a pad cut specifically for
your rug. We are delighted to be able to make these 2 new types of pads
available for you to choose from.
Our suggestions and recommendations are always based on what we what we have learned from years of training and experience and what solution will best serve the needs of our customers and their rugs.
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