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80 X 283 cm Nain silk and wool (NS0223)
Size : 80 X 283 cm
Origin : Nain
Pile : 90% wool 10% silk
Weave : Handwoven
Nain is a town of about 50'000 inhabitants, in the province of Isfahan. It has historical importance as being the last town on the caravan routes before the Kavir-e-Lut, one of the deserts running down the center of Iran.
The traditional industry of Nain was the manufacture of woollen cloth: when demand for this declined, the weavers, like those of Kerman, switched to the manufacture of carpets. And their products soon became famous, for the weavers were skilful and used excellent materials.
The warps and wefts are cotton, with a pile of wool and outlines of silk; occasionally silk is used more extensively in the ground. The colouring is refined: tones of ivory and cream, with small areas of red, green and blue. Like the carpets of Isfahan, the designs of Nain carpets use classical floral motifs, but in the hands of a master weaver like Habibian they are often skilfully reinterpreted.
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