Alter Kashmir Rug
220 cm x 130 cm
Floral Alter Kashmir Rug, off white with border and Medaillon
|Place of origin|
|Size||220 cm x 130 cm (= 2.86 qm)|
Weft & Warp: cotton
|Year of manufacture||1940|
|Coloring||off white, old rose|
Place of origin
The mountainous region of Kashmir in the Himalayas is divided, with one third as a province belonging to Pakistan, while the other two thirds form the union state of " Jammu and Kashmir", belonging to India. The population of the larger state is predominantly Muslim and is striving for independence. Hand knotted rugs come exclusively from the Indian part of Kashmir and are mainly knotted in the provincial capital of Srinagar and vicinity. The silk rugs of Kashmir, which are usually made on a cotton base, are famous.
The colors of cashmere rugs are rather reserved, and the patterns are influenced by traditional Persian designs. This has a long tradition; once the Mughal Emperors (1526-1857) brought Persian rug weavers to their court in India. This is why they are also referred to as the indo-Persian style. According to another legend, the Sultan of Kashmir, who was obliged to pay tribute, had to send his son as a hostage to Timur Lenk (Tamerlan) in Samarkand in 1398. It was here, that the young prince learned the craft of knotting and, after his return to Kashmir, introduced it to knotters of Samarkand. This old Kashmir Rug is more than 40 years old and a true collector's item.
The luxuriant flower motifs of this Kashmir Rug are elegant and varied. The graceful vegetative symbols representing flowers, leaves and branches are artfully intertwined.
The embellished edging (border) forms a beautiful contrast to the center and creates a transition at the edge of the rug.
In the middle of the central field of this Kashmir Rug is the symmetrical center, also called medallion. The design of the field is arranged in such a way that it gives the impression that the medallion is floating on the field.
The background of this Kashmir Rug is off white. The border features off white and old rose.
You are not the first to appreciate this Kashmir Rug. It has had owners before you who have cherished and used it. It was hand knotted about 1940. We have cleaned it thoroughly and restored it lovingly. Therefore it is in very good condition despite its age.
The pile of this Kashmir Rug has been hand-knotted from high-quality virgin wool. Virgin wool is obtained through the gentle shearing of sheep. Virgin wool is a sustainable, natural raw material with a number of impressive properties; due to the wool's natural fat content, the surface repels water droplets and is thus naturally impervious to dirt. Wool also offers excellent thermal insulation, has a regulating effect on living climate and muffles sound. The weft and warp threads of this Kashmir Rug are made of cotton. This versatile material is tear-resistant and stretchable and, therefore, ideal for a durable backing fabric.