Gorgeous Antique Persian Bakshaish Rug, Country of Origin / Rug Type: Antique Persian Rugs, Circa Date: 1900 – Heriz Serapi Bakshaish carpets are known for their earthy color combinations and tribal charm. The village of Bakshaish is one of the oldest rug weaving villages in the region and is known for its diversity in designs. These carpets have a folkloric, tribal quality that makes them stand out as some of the most beautiful in the region. This carpet was created over a century ago, and it is still as magnificent as the day it was cut from the loom.
One of the characteristics that makes Bakshaish carpets unique and easily recognized is their adaptation of classic Persian and tribal motifs. You can find familiar floral patterns and tribal symbols throughout the carpet, but they are created in a way that gives them an abstract quality. The Bakshaish weavers gave the traditional motifs a unique local flavor.
This beautiful carpet has an all-over design that changes as you work your way up the carpet. Bakshaish is known for larger room-size carpets that were often created by families or groups of women. They were created on small looms where the portion completed is rolled onto a bar at the bottom. The weavers in villages weave from memory and can only see the parts of the pattern that have not yet been rolled onto the bar as they work.
This weaving technique tends to create discernible patterns or rows of the pattern along the length of the carpet, but each one is different, with only occasional repeats. On this carpet, it appears that the pattern was repeated near the top and bottom of the carpet, only the colors are reversed.
The unique design and weaving techniques of these village carpets are what gives them charm. No two are the same, and they show the artistry and talent of the individual hands that created the designs from memory. The vibrant colors of the floral designs of this carpet stand out against the earthy browns of the background. This antique carpet is a breathtaking piece with a tribal character that will make the perfect foundation for any design from traditional to contemporary.