Kelardasht is a small area located at the foot of the Kelar mountains, between Tehran and the Caspian Sea. The patterns here are large and unicoloured, framed by a big, stylised medallion or hexagon with a few stylised animals or birds. A Kelardasht carpet can be very interesting for those looking for a simple and modest pattern design. They are incredibly charming carpets in the favourable end of the price range, but the quality can also vary significantly. These are carpets that were regularly available on the market in the 1990s. The older ones are typically of better quality. The warp and weft are cotton, and the wool quality is good. The Ghiordes knot (the Turkish knot) is used, and the knot density is usually between 11,000-23,000 knots per ft2.
You are reading an extract from the book ‘Oriental Carpets, Knottet with Love’ by Martin Munkholm.
This extensive book about all that is carpets can be borrowed in Danish libraries or be bought following this link: http://www.belle-rugs.dk/dk/ekspertise/taeppebog/
The book is published by Muusmann Forlag.
For more info: muusmann-forlag.dk
You can find our selection of Kelardasth carpets underneath.