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Manchester Kashan 476x308cms

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Here is the definitive tale of the famous and rare Manchester Kashan. It begins with the First World War.

Persia was invaded by the Czarists, the Ottomans and the British, with German and American involvement carving out spheres of influence. The European warring powers purchased, and some say the British army stole, grain and other transportable foodstuffs, leaving nothing for the local populace. This was followed by a severe 3 year drought where crops failed to such an extent millions starved. It has been estimated as many as one third of the population, 10 million people may have died.

Of course few healthy sheep remained. Smart carpet merchants could see the rise of a well-heeled European middle class demanding, and able to pay for, the best Persian Carpets. To restart their business necessitated looking abroad for the best available wool. It was settled on the world's best Australian Merino raw wool that languished in the spinning mills of Manchester and available at a fraction of the usual price as the post war drop in demand had not been taken up by the 1920's fashion industry. Right product, right timing.

The business model was to bring that wool to Persia where there was already an unemployed pool of  the best vegetal dyers, carpet designers and master weavers in the world. The intention was to make carpets in Kashan the equal of the famous Safavid carpets of centuries before. This became a success and helped kick start the resurgence of great Persian Carpet weaving in other centres. 

This business model only lasted a little over a decade as Australian merino regained it's price and home-grown wool became plentiful and cheap, and of course the depression in Europe.

Most Manchester Kashans were woven with a red field, fewer with blue and the rarest of all, this deep yellow. 

We recommend this great carpet to you. It is in more or less perfect condition and awaits to contribute its sublime nature to your surroundings.


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      Can I get the same rug in a different size?

      Each of our rugs is an individual, hand made work of art because of that it is not possible for us to have duplicates in different sizes.

      How are your rugs made?

      All of our rugs are 100% Handmade on a loom. We have created a close relationship with all of the craftspeople who make our rugs which allows us to get the highest quality rugs directly from the peoplee who made them.

      Are your rugs new/used?

      We offer a variety of both new and used Persian rugs from many areas including Persia, Turkey, and Morocco see below for more info on locations.

      NEW: We support over 30 families in Afghanistan who produce the highest quality Persian rugs.

      OLD ANTIQUE VINTAGE: We source our used rugs from village and tribal families at source. As well as attend worldwide auctions. We have formed relationships with Persian rug collectors that allow us to get incredible pieces that are not normally on the market.

      Can I try before i buy?

      We have a "try before you buy" system for approved customers.

      Where are your rugs from?

      Afghanistan, Persia, Pakistan, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Morocco etc.


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      Your rug will be shipped within 1-3 business days and should arrive within 3-5 business days from the ship date. Multiple items within the same order may not arrive together. 

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      Domestic shipping we use TNT express couriers & Aus post.

      International shipping we use INTERPARCEL.

      Returns are accepted within 30 days of delivery. Please contact us as soon as possible if you are considering a return. Buyer is responsible for return postage cost. Any returns must be unused and in original of when purchased.

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