This Keshan rug was Central Iran during the second quarter of the 20th century.
Referred to in the trade and by collectors as a "Manchester Keshan", so-called because the merino wool used for these rugs was imported from Manchester, England. It is an exceptionally soft and lustrous wool and an excellent wool for executing fine weavings.
This piece has a delineated central medallion on a field of blossoming palmettes and other floral motifs. The ground color is an unusual and desirable burnt orange, which pairs beautifully with the dark, inky blue border which lends drama to the whole composition.
This rug has previously been cut and resized, but is in overall very good condition, signs of wear consistent with age. The resize was completed by expert hands and is difficult to detect. The pile is low, with a soft yet sturdy handle.