Traditional Old Handwoven Persian Kashan Area Rug – The Heavenly Path
This 14.0 x 24.4 traditional old handwoven Persian Kashan area rug is the epitome of elegant rug design. Certainly a compelling work of art, it pleases the most demanding of rug connoisseurs. The talented artist wove this highly nuanced masterpiece to perfection.
This stunning rug was skillfully created in the Kashan region of Iran approximately 60-65 years ago. This rug will be a valued addition to our client’s collection for many years. Surely a prized possession for generations.
Although this rug now graces our client’s home, the information in this article will be useful in viewing other Kashan area rugs.
Explanation of Rug Symbols
Rows of repetitive Tree of Life medallions symbolize a direct path from Earth to Heaven. A delicate vine of tulips, symbolizing prosperity, frames each tree. Indeed, these medallions represent the prosperity of the heavenly path.
Meanwhile, alternate rows contain two different medallions. The first finds a rose at the center of elegantly woven leaves. Roses represent innocence. Leaves symbolize the renewal or rebirth one receives from Heaven. The second medallion contains a beautiful starburst which indicates spirituality.
Likewise, a rust-orange vine winds its way around these three repetitive medallions. These vines intersect at rosettes (innocence) and small cross reliefs (faith).
These staggered rows create a mesmerizing tiled effect much like a paved pathway. As a result, this masterful illusion suggests a trance-like state. It is almost as if the viewer is looking upon the actual pathway to Heaven.
Finally, a similarly embellished border on this Kashan area rug encloses the field with a repetitive motif of Trees of Life. In addition, the border features rose bushes and leafy vines on a light khaki background.