Originating in or near Kerman (or Kirman) in southern Iran, the Persian Kerman rug dates back to at least the 16th century. A wide variety of rugs were produced in the 16th and 17th centuries, all boasting sophisticated, well-organized designs including vases, shrubs, and gardens. The asymmetrical knotting of wool with silk or cotton in between produced a double-warped rug with an almost three-dimensional appearance.
The coloring of a Kerman rug was among the most vibrant and varied of Persian rugs and this coloring coupled with the thematic designs make this Persian rug highly recognizable. Kerman rugs often depicted architectural floral themes with a medallion central to the motif. The late 19th and 20th centuries saw a resurgence of Kerman rugs presenting a diverse mixture of designs and depictions, yet still displaying the asymmetrical knotting style. This contemporary collectors rug is no exception, exuding the richness of its history in the intricate design with a neutral color palette reflective of modern minimalist decor.