Kirman Rug: Portrait of Shah Abbas
Abbas the great may be the most celebrated Safavid Shah and one of the most significant Persian Shahs in the Iranian late history and also a well-remembered fairy king in folkloric tales and songs. Enthroned in Isfahan he put an end on Ottomans’ encroaching and kicked the Portuguese invaders out of the Persian Gulf, tying his name with the climax of the Safavid Peace.
Canvas by Carlo and Gabriele Caliari in the Doge’s Palace in Venice depicting doge Marino Grimani receiving the Persian ambassadors, 1603
In his royal weaving workshops a variety of floral motifs have been derived from architectural decorations into curvilinear rug design, being termed as Shah Abbasis, most famously the ancient motif of Goljam an example of which named Laleh Abbasi woven almost everywhere in Persia.