Definition of Kirman in US English:



  • A carpet of a kind typically having soft, delicate coloring and naturalistic designs.

    • ‘Visually, I could imagine someone mistaking them for older Kirmans on account of the lightish aspect of the coloring and the vertically oriented garden designs.’
    • ‘Most antique room-sized Kirmans have central medallions, and many have ivory or red fields.’
    • ‘All early Kirmans use cochineal, an insect dye, for red tones.’
    • ‘She loved the Pratesi sheets on her bed, the silk Kirmans on her floor, and she loved every piece of Armani, Prada, Gucci, and Ferragamo that she kept neatly in her Biedermeier armoire.’
    • ‘Rugs like Kirmans or Sennas have up to six hundred knots per square.’


Late 19th century: from Kirman, the name of a province and town in SE Iran.