A Beautiful And Decorative antique Persian Bibikabad rug, Rug Type/ Country of Origin: Antique Persian Rugs, Circa Date: 1900 – This earthy, majestic carpet from Bibikabad has a warm and inviting feel. It is an antique that was created at the turn of the 20th century and has a design that makes it versatile and able to complement a number of design settings.
Bibikabad carpets are from the Hamadan region, but carpets from this village are often larger than ones from the surrounding area. The carpets often feature reds, blues, and ivories, but they are most renowned for their rich browns that are often created from camel down. Camels have a double coat consisting, of course, outer hair and a soft, lofty down that is extremely warm and soft. Sometimes, this is mixed with sheep’s wool, and sometimes it is used alone. It can be dyed to produce a wide range of rich browns.
Bibikabad carpets often feature a repeating geometric motif that gives them a formal feel. This carpet features the Herati, or “fish” design. This symbol represents water and its vital connection to life on earth. Within the guard borders, you can see the repeated hook pattern, which is thought to be a symbol of the sun. The geometric form of the field gives it a formal feel, but the design and its meaning are reminiscent of its tribal connections.
The border design of this carpet also gives it a tribal feel. The blues and ivories combined with the earthy brown enhance the connection of this carpet to the feeling of earth and water. The artist of this antique carpet used scale to delineate the sections of the carpet further. The border uses larger scale florals, surrounded by delicate guard borders. The pattern in the field is smaller compared to the bold florals of the border. This creates a further layer of depth and interest in the design.
This gorgeous antique Persian carpet connects the ideas of sun, water, and their importance of life on earth, represented by the plant motifs. It has a formal feel, yet the tribal symbols and design give it an inviting feel. This carpet could easily be used in a range of interior styles from formal to informal. The carpet will give the room harmony, peace, and a connection to the natural world.