Among the finest handmade oriental rugs ever made, Isfahan rugs are the summum of the Persian carpet. In an enchanted city, renowned for its taste and finesse, these carpets are of great delicacy and utmost intricacy. The city of Isfahan holds place of pride in the Persian rug industry because of its rich history and reputation dating back to the 16th century. Most Isfahan carpets are finely detailed in wool and silk, often on a base of pure silk. Patterns include pictorial and tree-of-life schemes, as well as the Shah Abbas field with its floral vines.