Size: 7'5" x 4'0"
Kashans are hand knotted on vertical looms using cotton warps and wefts and good quality wool pile that is closely cropped. The pile often has a silky feel to it and is of very high quality. Kashans are among the finest carpets produced today, but the standard of individual items varies rather more than it does with Isfahans and it is important to assess each item on its own merits. They may be woven on either cotton or silk foundations, with between 200 to 400 Persian knots per square inch (pure silk items may have 600 or more).
The reputation of carpets made in the central Persian city of Kashan was so high that, according to Persian folklore, it was considered a compliment to say that a person came from Kashan, for this implied that they possessed quality and style. After the Court period which culminated with the reign of Shah Abbas, carpet making in Kashan was interrupted for more than two centuries between the Afghan invasion in 1722 and the end of the nineteenth century. It was only during the last quarter of the nineteenth century that some textile mill owners, finding themselves in difficulties because of competition with imported textiles, decided to try launching the carpet-making trade again.
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