Kazvin rug

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Kazvin briefly served as the capital of the Safavid Persian Empire from 1555-1598 before the seat of government was moved to Isfahan by Shah Abbas. Largely due to the fact that the city was accessible to the Caspian Sea, Kazvin was a major center for trade with Russia and the Caucasus. It is now largely believed that the celebrated ‘Salting carpet’ group of the 16th century were woven in Kazvin. Hence, the city has a had a major influence on the history of Persian carpet design. Despite this claim to fame, little evidence exists of weaving in Kazvin during the 17th and 18th centuries. Kazvin rugs of the late 19th and early 20th century, such as this piece, preserve much of the aesthetic sensibility of Qajar era Persian design. Opulent garlands of flowers combine with with paisleys and stylized acanthus scroll to form the field and border of this elegant Persian rug. These elements are drawn in light colors of rose, gold, and green illuminating against the deep indigo of the field.