Among the finest carpets in the world, the word Nain is sometimes used in Iran as a synonym for 'fine'. A favorite of many collectors, Nains are precise, delicate and can be stunningly beautiful. They are woven on cotton, or on silk of varying degrees of quality, and are mostly beige and blue, with stunning silken highlights. The blues can vary from the deepest midnight to the palest sky, with royals and spectacular turquoises along the way. Typical details include the curvilinear vines with forked leaves, Shah Abbas flowers, birds and animals, and regal borders. Today, Nains are also produced in fine weaving centers of Romania, India, Pakistan and China. They represent the same weaving style and designs used in the authentic Nain rugs produced in the namesake region of Iran.
Hand crafted by artisans from rural cottage units, this rug showcases the arresting combination of design, style and craft latent to rugs crafted in India. With intricate details and exquisite craftsmanship, the rug is a visual treat and an exquisite work of art. It has taken over 13 months to make this incredibly detailed rug. Because of the high sheen, some portions of the rug seem darker than others. The colors of the rug are even throughout the rug. In fact, it is the interplay of light and silk threads that gives a luminal quality to the rug and imparts it a dark and a light side. Made of real silk, the rug has a high 350-400 kpsi (knots per square inch) count. It comes with Government of India certification of authenticity.
History of Kashmir Rugs:
With an illustrious history dating back to the 14th century, Kashmir carpets today are renowned for their jewel like luminous color tones, exemplary craftsmanship and fine quality. It was by the way of Mir Sayyid Ali Hamadani, a Sufi saint from the Persian city of Hamadan that the textile weaving in Kashmir grew and developed between 1379 and 1383. With a flock of over 700 followers that included various craftsmen and carpet weavers, Mir Sayyed Ali introduced pashmina shawl and carpet making to the Kashmir valley. The weaving industry flowered under the reign of Kashmiri King Zain-ul-Abdin (1420-1480) when more craftsmen were invited to Kashmir from Persia. This is the main reason why the rugs from Kashmir are so similar in construction and design to their Persian counterparts. However, it was during the Mughal rule in India that the carpet industry reached its zenith and came on its own as an art form. With Emperor Akbar setting up carpet weaving centers in Agra, Delhi and Lahore, the Indian carpets began to grow their own lexical and semantic iconography. The Kashmir carpet also benefitted from the Mughal patronage and acquired a distinct style as it embraced specific Indian motifs and incorporated Mughal symbology of hunting and nature's grandeur. With time, the Kashmir carpet has undergone significant stylization like the complex lattice systems as background for floral motifs and the millefleur pattern with its clusters of tiny blooms. Other patterns like Persian Chahar Bagh, Garden of Paradise layout and the medallion have been appropriated, transformed and adapted as typical Kashmiri designs which also include significant and culturally important motifs such as the paisley, chinar tree (the oriental plane) and tree-of-life.
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