This ornate Persian rug was woven in the city of Kashan in the early 20th century. Sinuous tendrils of arabesque vine-scroll almost completely fill the indigo blue ground. A lobed Persian central medallion is drawn in red complete with matching corner-pieces. Kashan has been a weaving center since at least the 16th century, however, without surrounding pasture land, the material of choice was traditionally silk rather than wool. In the late 19th century, carpet weavers in Kashan began buying wool on the international market. Wool carpets, such as this piece, were then woven with the same elegance and grace as seen in earlier silk examples. This fine Kashan rug is in keeping with this tradition of excellence.