Breathtaking Antique Persian Bakshaish Runner Rug, Country of Origin / Rug Type: Persian Rug, Circa Date: 1900 – The simple tribal geometric shapes and humble earth tones of this beautiful antique Persian Bakshaish rug allude to its nomadic origins. This magnificently fascinating antique tribal rug consists of a field with three larger diamonds surrounded by smaller geometric patterns. The three larger diamonds give this captivating antique runner rug a sense of scale and serve to unify the other design elements. The multitude and variety of different diamond patterns serve as a theme around which the other elements are placed and sprinkled throughout.
One of the more interesting characteristics of this antique Persian rug is that at first glance, it appears to be symmetrical vertically and horizontally. The three diamonds are used to give this illusion of formality to the design. However, as you begin to examine the rug closer you begin to see that certain elements, such as single flowers, seem to be randomly placed almost as if they were an afterthought in the design that simply had to be included.
The three main borders of the antique rug consist of two similar diagonally striped borders surrounding a central main border. The colors of the diagonally striped borders appear to be random, but at times they match up almost as if by accident. The informal, primitive, randomly placed elements of the antique Persian Bakshaish runner rug create a primitive charm and give it a rustic feeling.
The beauty of this Northewest Persian rug, is that you can see the little touches of the hands that wove it throughout the design. The diamonds in the pattern are not perfectly evenly spaced. The colors are not distributed evenly. This informal use of design gives the antique Oriental rug a feeling of warmth and an organic quality that mimics the natural world. The earthy colors of the rug in browns, reds, greens, ivory and blues reflect the colors that are found in nature. This antique Persian Bakshaish runner rug embodies a handcrafted quality that brings a feeling of reverence for the natural world to any home’s interior design.