Beautiful Kashan carpet has been crafted since the 17th century during the Safavid dynasty, with many scholars believing that some of the smaller silk designs date back to the early 16th century. Kashan was a holiday retreat for many of the rulers of the Safavid era, benefiting from stunning architecture and the city is renowned for its stunning holiday homes. The Carpets made in Kashan are often instantly recognizable and are among the most beautiful and famous of all Persian carpets. For many, when they think of a Persian carpet, the image they see in their head is that of the traditional Kashan carpet with central medallion on a red field with navy and ivory borders.