Carpets - Bahram-e Gur’s Hunt

Size: 204x 127 cm
Origin and time: Kashan, late 13th century 
Carpet Museum of Iran, Tehran
No. of Raj: 35

This Persian rug, showing Bahram-e Gur, the fourteenth Sassanid King of Persia, while hunting, was produced in Kashan, a city situated in the west of Lut Desert in the Iranian province of Isfahan. The city, located on the way of the caravans between Qom and Isfahan, has always been an important centre of traditional handicraft and arts such as brocading, velvet weaving and carpet-weaving. In the 17th century so called “polonaise” rugs, silk brocaded rugs woven in Isfahan on the order of Polish families and royalties, were also produced in Kashan.

Kashan carpets are characterized by their beautiful harmony of colours, especially warm colours. It is also common to use black-blue for the medallion, quarter-medallions and borders, which is balanced with ivory and other light colours.