Red Kashan Medallion Carpet Silk on Silk Rug Handknotted 5ft x 7ft
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The history and development of the carpet industry in Kashmir was associated with and influenced by the opulent lifestyles of its rulers, nobles, and aristocrats. The introduction of this industry into Kashmir dates back to the reign of Zain-ul-Abdin (Badshah), c1420 A. D. Hundreds of master craftsmen were invited to Kashmir from Persia. Some of the craftsmen settled in Kashmir and initiated rug weaving. This is perhaps due to an atmosphere conducive for this trade and also the great appreciation for these works of art.
Later, during the reign of Mughals, rug weaving gained a prominent position and emperors like Jahangir and Shah Jan (who built the monument of love, ‘The Taj Mahal’) established a distinctive style in Arts and Architecture of that era. The carpets woven during those periods bore similar motifs, patterns, and decorative styles as found in the palaces and monuments.
To trace the history of the hand-knotted carpets is to follow a path of cultural growth of one of the greatest civilizations the world has ever known. From being simply articles of necessity, used simply to cover the floor area near any entrance and to protect the nomadic tribesmen from dampness and cold, the increasing beauty of the carpets found them new owners, kings and noblemen.
During this time, many people in Kashmir invested their entire wealth in carpets and were referred to as Kashmir’s stocks and shares. These were underground storage areas in Kashmir full of fine carpets and kept as investments by shrewd businessmen. For many centuries the hand-knotted carpet has received international acknowledgment for its artistic splendor.
The element of luxury with which a Kashmiri carpet is associated today provides a marked contrast with its humble beginning among the nomadic tribes that at one time wandered the great expanse of Kashmir in search of a livelihood. At that time, it was an article of necessity, but from necessity the art was born. Through their beautiful colors and magical designs, the floor and entrance covering that protected tribesmen from the ravages of weather also brought relief to this dour and hardy life.
Besides being an article of furniture, the carpet was used as a form of writing for illiterate tribesmen, setting down their fortunes and defeats, their aspirations and their joys. It also came to be used as a prayer mat.
Thus began a tradition of people handing down their skills to their children who articulated these skills and in-turn, handed down the closely guarded family secrets to their offspring.
Cotton came to be used very early for the warp and weft of the carpets. The herds of sheep surrounding the tribes provided the basic material, wool. The cold mountain climate provided an added advantage in that wool was finer and had longer fibers. Silk was used in the weaving of the rug with wool laid behind as the warp of the carpet. Silk carpets provided much more precision in designs and its thread added to the intricacy of workmanship.
A key feature of carpet making involved dying and proper knotting. Dye manufacturers maintained well kept secrets handed down through generations. The ingenious tribesmen used plants, rocks, and barks.
Since Persians influenced the rug weaving in Kashmir, the knotting technique is also Persian, commonly referred to as single knotted or senneh knotted carpets which have an edge over double knotted or Turkish knotted carpets.
A true hand-knotted carpet, if properly maintained, outlives humans throughout the world. It has a life span of 250 years. Any carpet younger than 50 years is considered new. A carpet 50-90 years old is semi-antique. Only a carpet more than 100 years old can qualify as an authentic antique. Hence, a well-chosen carpet can become a family heirloom, handed down from generation to generation.
Over the years, the hand-knotted Kashmiri Silk Carpets have been indomitable and priceless treasures that carpet connoisseurs can bring into their homes. These carpets have been enthralling enough to captivate people from every part of the world.