Ardekan Rugs and Carpets
A while back I used to sell a few rugs. I did not always know where things were from but I did my best. The first time I saw an Ardekan carpet it was sold to me as a Kashan. I always thought a 30 Raj Kashan seemed a little odd and now it finally dawned on me that it was an Ardekan.
Ardekan carpets are not nearly as fine as we normally expect in a Kashan. However they invariably follow traditional Kashan patterns and can look attractive in many settings.
Ardahkan is in the Northwest corner of Yazd province on Route 71 which is the highway that skirts the salt desert. Even though it is between Yazd and Nain it almost always draws its influence from Kashan. Historically it is a center of camel raising.
Jami Mosque in Ardekan
Ardekan Rug Structure
Structure: Asymmetrical knot. 30 Raj about 11 knots per horizontal inch and 11 knots per vertical inch. 118 per square inch
Yarn Spin: Z.
Warp: Cotton, white.
Weft: Cotton 2 shot.
Pile: 2 Wool singles.
Ends: warp fringe.
Selvages: Overcast with wool.
12 by 8 Ardakan Carpet
Colors: Red, Navy Blue, Olive, Ivory, Light Blue