The order was simple: "Make the most beautiful carpets in the world!" Shah Abbasi (1571-1629 AD) demanded of the weavers in his royal workshop in Isfahan:
Polonaise Greenford Frame
Polonaise Greenford Sky
Polonaise Greenford Aerial
The result was delicately knotteddesigns made of silk, interwoven with gold and silver thread, shimmering enchanted forests of lotus flowers, convoluted arabesques and palmettes. On the one hand, vibrant and symmetrical, like looking through a kaleidoscope; on the other,enchanted and elegant.
Polonaise Eastcote Sky
Polonaise Eastcote DoubleSky
The designs fascinated not only the Persian royalty. They also appealed to the baroque tastes of the Polish court, which then commissioneda special order. The Persian designs were joined by European motifs, and the carpets even showed the crests of the Rulers:
The most beautiful of these inspired Jan Kath to create his Polonaise collection. He reconstructed thecolors, most of which had faded, added his own motifs, and use the antique finishing process as well as typical Jan Kath signatures to add new highlights.