Kashmir carpets are relatively rare carpets produced by master weavers in the province of Khorassan, in north-east Iran. The small city of Kashmar is very old, responsible for producing exquisite carpets for centuries. Kashmars are easily distinguishable because of their unique designs and their large size. The patterns are usually historic tableaux telling the story of a significant event in Persian history. There are frequent views of ancient ruins and sculpture of Persepolis, the kings Darius and Xerxes, and birds and animals from Rubayat of Omar Khayam. There are also Kashmar carpets which resemble the classic Kashan, with central medallion and spandrels.
Visibility: Carpets made in KASHMAR usually have curvilinear patterns.
Quality: KASHMAR are among the highest quality PERSIAN rugs and carpets produced in Eastern IRAN. They are well known for their patterns and smooth structure.
Size & Shapes: KASHMAR carpets come in different sizes, but the majority of them are mid-size (4 x 6 to 8 x 10 feet). You can also find large rugs up to 10 x 18 feet.
Color: Light blue and cream predominate, with ivory as a contrasting color. Other colors such as soft green, red, and brown are found in newer works.
Texture: Soft wool; thin, tight pile.
Foundation: Warp is mostly cotton; weft is either cotton or wool.
Knots: Weavers in KASHMAR use Persian knots. You should check the back of the carpet because the quality of the carpet depends upon the number of knots, which varies, but averages from around 120 KPSI (30 RAJ) up to 475 KPSI (60 RAJ).