Large Antique Persian Bakhtiari Rug, Country of Origin / Rug Type: Persian Rug, Circa Date: 1920 – This is irresistible antique Persian carpet has a tribal quality, yet it also has the refinement of a carpet produced in the larger city rug weaving centers of Persia. It uses simple tribal motifs, yet it also has a formal organization and structure that is usually found in carpets produced in the major carpet weaving cities. This antique Persian Bakhtiari rug has a unique story that allows it to have both tribal and formal characteristics.
The Bakhtiari are a tribal people that eventually settled southwest of the major carpet weaving center of Isfahan. Their Persian carpets are known for their beauty and simplicity. The Bakhtiari took inspiration for their designs from the world around them, and they often have a garden theme, as with this example. They captured the plants and animals around them in a unique and stylized way. Consequently, many of their designs were used by designers in Isfahan to create more formal designs.
The tribal rugs of the Bakhtiari tend to be highly variable in their knot count and quality. The reason for this is that they depended on locally available sheep, which have different qualities of wool. This example happens to be a beautiful piece that is a larger size than one typically finds from the area. It stands out in its colors, quality and design as an excellent example from this vital area in the world of Persian carpets.
While this antique carpet draws on a traditional arrangement of the elements, they are stylized in a way that reflects the nomadic traditions of a people that live close to the earth. This is a beautiful rug that would make an excellent addition to a variety of interior design styles from traditional to contemporary. It is a delightful large size antique Persian Bakhtiari rug that pays homage to a people and a way of life that is quickly disappearing.