It is believed that Kerman city (224-239s) was established by the Persian Shah Ardeshir I and was formerly called Behdesir.

Already in the 8th century, the city was renowned as a weaving center. In the times of Safavid dynasty, the city was called Kerman. It was the most important Persian carpet producing and exporting center in the 19th and mid-20th century. Kerman carpets dating from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century most often represented various biblical and historical themes. Carpets woven at the beginning of the 20th century were of very large measurements and were generally exported to various places in Europe. One of the most renowned floral-ornamented carpets of those times belongs to Vatican.