Silk Rugs Selection
Once upon a time, silk carpets were knotted in court ateliers for the exclusive use of sovereigns, often as gifts to other sovereigns or great foreign personalities. Their use outside the royal family was reserved for the highest nobility. They were obviously a small minority, the prohibitive cost made it impossible to use them for common use. Certain 16th century Kashan creations, those from Isfahan of 17th century which go by the name of Shah Abbas rugs, the 16th century Mamluk rug of the Vienna Museum are among the most beautiful, knotted rugs.