Not All Perisan Rugs Are Created Equal

Pictured below are two classic red Kashan rugs imported in our latest shipment from Iran. Both pieces were beautifully handwoven by the traditional weaving houses of Kashan City, Iran.

Kashan Persian Rug (Ref. 60) 300x195cm

Kashan Persian Rug (Ref. 60) 300x195cm

Kashan Kork Wool Persian Rug (Ref 314) 314x210cm

Kashan Kork Wool Persian Rug (Ref 314) 314x210cm

The similarities between these Kashans do not stop here. They are just about the same size, composed of pure wool, feature a traditional Shah Abbas design and have the same colour palette.

We purchased both rugs well in the same consignment and as a result, have been competitively priced for sale. The first is available online for $1849, the second for $3249.

For this blog, I have detailed the characteristics of the same type of Persian rug that will influence their value.

Fineness

All traditional Persian made rugs are of excellent quality. High knot count or fineness is often used to grade a carpet of a specific type. It is important to note that fineness is not a characteristic that can be used to compare rugs of different types. For example, Village rugs are rustic and not as fine as city pieces but in some instances are more valuable.

When comparing two rugs of the same type, woven in the same era, fineness is a parameter that matters. The finer Kashan has taken more time to make, and the weaver is more skilled and experienced. The construction of a grand Kashan like Ref (314) is extremely labour intensive and will take a skilled weaver around one month per sqm.

Composition

The most common composition of Persian rugs is a locally sourced wool pile on a sturdy cotton foundation. Ref (60) is composed of this exact tried and tested combination.

Ref (314) is more unusual. The pile composition is soft Kork lambswool. Kork wool is sourced from the underbelly of the lamb. The fibres are slight and beautifully soft to touch. Because of the high lanolin content, Kork wool has a natural glow.

Availability

Kashan rugs are amongst the most popular and produced handwoven Persian rugs. In bizaars across Iran, Kashan rugs of various qualities and sizes are traded. The most available Kahan rugs are of a medium fineness in the classic red field and contrasting blue border. Kashan rugs do not have their own distinct measurement of quality like rugs produced in other major weaving centres (LA in Nain and RAJ in Tabriz).

All Kashans are made to an excellent standard. Pieces woven to exceptional quality, using better compositions, are hard to come by and command a premium in price.

Excellent examples of Kashan rugs woven by revered weaving houses like Montasham command huge prices and are sought after on the international market.

Beauty

The most important characteristic to consider in assessing the value of a rug is the beauty. I feel beauty is subjective but experienced valuers like our Director, Paul Sacco, have seen many rugs of specific types and develop refined tastes. When selecting Kashan rugs from overseas suppliers, our team looks for well-balanced colour palettes, attractive designs and lustrous wool piles.


Everyone has different tastes, and there is no guarantee that a finer more refined rug will look better in the average Australian home. When purchasing a Persian rug, we recommend customers make informed decisions and spend time finding their perfect rug. Consider the the decor of the room and the way you interact with the space.

If you would like our team to provide a comparison of rugs that you have shortlisted, please email web links or images to info@persianrugs.com.au.