Gorgeous Oversized Antique Persian Bidjar Rug, Country of Origin / Rug Type: Antique Persian Rugs, Circa Date: Early 20th Century – Persian Bidjar carpets have a special place in the world of carpet collecting, and this breathtaking carpet is an excellent example of why this is so. Bidjar carpets have retained their collectability since the area was established as a center of carpet production in the 16th century. Their beautiful designs, striking colors, and exceptional durability are some reasons why they are still popular today.
Bidjar played an essential role in carpet production for several reasons. First, it had ready access to wool of exceptional quality. Wool from the area was soft, warm and strong. Bidjar carpets are sometimes referred to as the “iron” carpets of Persia. They are known for their long life and durability.
The Bidjar weavers start with good materials, and then they use a special technique to enhance the firmness of the weave, creating carpets that are exceptionally heavy for their size. They add an extra row of weft between the knot rows. They also wet the weft so that it will shrink and tighten when it dries. The weavers beat the rows down heavily to create a dense carpet.
Bidjar carpets are quite durable, and they also have magnificent designs and colors. This Persian carpet has stunning color from edge to edge. The design is known as the garrus, or split-arabesque, design. This design combines florals and geometrics in a striking, formal design. Garrus typically have a midnight or cobalt blue background that makes the other colors stand out. The darker background also gives the design depth.
The design of this antique rug features a beautiful and diverse garden of stylized florals. The angular designs create a unique, abstract quality to the design. One can spot the tree of life, hyacinths, tulips, and many others in this beautiful garden design. The precision with which the design was carried out supports its creation in one of the larger, formal carpet centers. It also supports its possible creation as a commissioned piece, rather than one for the standard carpet market.
This carpet was created to make a statement, and it does this well both in its color and design. It is an excellent example of the work produced by Bidjar looms. The colors are electric, and the design demonstrates the unique artistic style of the carpets of Bijar. It is a rare piece and would make an excellent addition to any collection.