RUG OF THE MONTH
The April rug of the month is the Kerman. Kerman rugs originated in the town of Kerman in SE Iran (Persia). The first known Kerman rug was woven in the 16th Century, but Kerman did not have a thriving rug industry until the early 20th Century. Kerman rugs traditionally have a floral pattern with a center medallion and large, plain field (often referred to as medallion-plain style). These rugs were cut with very short pile, as shown in the picture to the left. With the influx of American commissions between 1900 and 1920, Kerman began creating what became known as the American Kerman. These carpets maintained the floral patterns and pastel colors but were often finished with much thicker piles, according to American tastes.
Kerman style rugs today are often made in India and China but maintain the pattern, style and color of the traditional Kermans. The lighter colors make it ideal for a bright look in your decor.