Karastan Samovar Persian Vase
This remarkable rug is adapted from a late 17th Century antique which belongs to the well known group of "Vase" carpets woven from the mid-16th thorough the 18th century in Central Persia. The term "Vase" is derived from the depiction of vase motifs in some examples from this group.
Our Persian Vase rug, with its distinct palmette and vinery trellis interspersed with lush flowering branches, incorporate two variants of design types known within the "Vase" group: namely the lattice carpet type and the shrub carpet type. In this particular carpet, these elements share equal importance in the overall design scheme, allowing one the experience the beauty of classical Persian weaving. The distinctive border design of cypress trees alternating with flowering plants can also be seen in antique carpet fragments in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and The Textile Museum, Washington, D.C.
Tea Wash is an innovative and unique finishing process developed by Karastan which transforms our lustrous wool colors into a vintage patina. Naturally, that patina is saturated into our dozens of shades of reds, greens, golds, and indigos, that we use to subtly create the "abrash" effect of old vegetable dyes. In our new SAMOVAR Collection, the rugs undergo our exclusive Tea Wash before the final lustre wash ... the result is positively luminous. Color so rich, so warm, you would think these rugs had just come from an 18th century estate. And yet, our Tea Wash rugs will stand up to the rigors of today's hectic lifestyles ... Twentieth century heirlooms, with the vintage look of treasured antiques.