Large Antique Persian Bakhtiari Geometric Carpet 50120
The earthy, wild complexity of this fascinating antique Bakhtiari carpet captures the imagination. Subdued shades of gold contrast magnificently against the vivid dark heart of this dramatic artwork.
Large Oversized Antique Bakhtiari Carpet, Country of Origin / Rug Type: Persian Rugs, Circa Date: First Quarter Of The 20th Century – 1920’s – Bakhtiari carpets are the creation of a tribal people who etched out their existence in the Zagros mountains of southern Persia for hundreds of years. They migrated seasonally between winter and summer grazing lands. This carpet was produced in the first quarter of the 20th century. Visitors to the area noted that they believed these tribal carpets were some of the most beautiful in the world.
The distinctive style of Bakhtiari rugs began with traditional designs that only used simple geometrics. Interactions with the Armenian, Kurdish, and formal Persian weavers allowed them to develop a larger repertoire that would eventually develop into the unique style that you see on this carpet.
Until the 1930s, Bakhtiari carpets were not intended for export and there are few of them available from the earlier part of the 19th century, when this carpet was produced. The carpets were produced on commission by the tribal leaders. This allowed the characteristic designs to retain the unique tribal traditions, untainted by the tastes of the export market.
This antique carpet is a larger carpet and was more than likely a commissioned piece. The colors are bold, and you can easily see the many different influences of the Armenian and Persian carpet design. The overall design is based on the medallion design with formal corners that is associated with Persian weaving. The pendants of the carpet are similar to the simple geometrics found in the tribes of the Caucasus mountains. This blend of colors and design creates a carpet that represents the unique character of the Bakhtiari weavers.
This piece is versatile and could be used in a formal or traditional setting. It also has a unique tribal quality that would make it the perfect piece for a Boho chic or informal design. The colors are rich and elegant, and the designs are the fusion of many different cultural influences. Because these carpets were not intended for export, there are few earlier Bakhtiari carpets available on the market, making this a unique collectible.