Spectacular Antique Persian Pictorial Bakshaish Rug, Country of Origin: Persia, Circa Date: 1910 – Persian Bakshaish rugs are woven in northwest Persia. This is an area that is close to the famed rug weaving city of Tabriz. This area is known for its exquisite antique Persian rugs that have found their homes among some of the most luxurious palaces and most sophisticated connoisseurs. This gorgeous pictorial Bakshaish rug was created around 1910 and depicts figures from Persian history. This was a popular theme in Persian artwork of the time.
Many of the pictorial rugs were created for use during special holidays or other special occasions. Throughout the piece, you can find symbols of the ruling class of Persia. For instance, the lion in the center is a symbol that has stood for the power of Persian royalty since ancient times. This scene depicts one of Persia’s ruling classes, surrounded by people in what appears to be a religious order.
One of the more interesting features of the artistry of this piece is the use of scale. The figure in the center is decidedly larger than any of the other elements. You can see that the men on horseback near the top are on a much smaller scale. Although much of the meaning of this piece has been lost, you could theorize that the size of the figures is in direct proportion to their rank. The figure in the middle also has what appears to be a badge of state and a dragon near the bottom of his clothing.
Antique rugs such as this are a fascinating pieces for their artistic elements and the skill that it took to create it. This one still has a tribal feel in the execution of the motifs and primitive style of artwork that we so love in the Persian Bakshaish, Heriz and Serapi area rugs. This is a beautiful work of art and an important piece of Persian history. It complements a range of traditional and contemporary styles. It is small enough to be mounted and hung on the wall. This is an expressive piece that will allow you to make a statement in any room.