Antique Persian Bidjar Rug Runner, Country of Origin / Rug Type: Antique Persian Rugs, Circa Date: 1910 – This beautiful antique carpet is the perfect addition to any long, narrow space. Bidjar rugs add a cozy feel to the room and are exceptionally strong and compact. This excellent example was produced around 1910 and has a spectacular character and design.
Bidjar is a town in what is now western Iran occupied by a people who live in a harsh climate where these heavy carpets are a necessity. They are often used to cover dirt floors and must be densely packed to keep gravel and dirt from working their way into the pile. During the weaving process, they are beaten with heavy metal and wooden combs to pack the rows of knots and weaving tightly. Bidjar carpets are often heavier than carpets of the same size from other areas because of his dense packing technique.
One of the most common designs in antique Bidjar carpets is the herati, or fish, design. This symbol stands for water, which is a precious and vital resource for the people in the area. This carpet has a series of herati designs in several different style variations all the way up the central field of the carpet. These are intermixed with various leaf and floral motifs, creating a complex and extraordinary design.
In the border of the carpet, you can also find the boteh, or flame design. This is a symbol of eternity or everlasting life. The designs and colors of this rug are beautifully balanced to create contrast in a crisp design.
The dark, midnight background of the center field and the deep sky of the main border give this rug a richness and depth. They also support the theme of water throughout the Persian carpet. The overall design of this carpet is reminiscent of a reflecting pool that one would find in the gardens and courtyards of ancient palaces. It creates a breathtaking effect and adds a formality to the design.
This runner rug would make an absolutely splendid addition to a hallway or perhaps as a carpet that creates a pathway in the room. It is a wonderful piece and has many design possibilities in both traditional and contemporary designs.