Beautiful Antique Persian Bakhtiari Rug, Country of Origin / Rug Type: Persian Rug, Circa Date: 1920 – This irresistible tribal antique Persian Baktiari rug is the perfect addition to a Bohemian or eclectic room. It features tribal symbols and an earthy color scheme. This antique Persian carpet was produced around 1920 using expert skill and the beautiful designs of these wonderful Persian rug weavers. The Baktiari is a nomadic tribe from southwestern Iran, and a small percentage of the tribe still follows a nomadic lifestyle today.
Tribal rugs are unique in that they often evolve as the weaving progresses. This technique is the opposite of a carpet produced in a formal weaving school where the design is laid out entirely before the project begins. The tribal crafts person often weaves from memory using patterns that have been handed down orally through the generations. Sometimes, they will put their personal touch on the traditional designs, rather than following them precisely.
Although many of the tribal antique rugs have symbols in common, they are a unique reflection of the local traditions. They are often sourced from local wool that are raised by the tribe, and the colors are from local plant dyes found in the area.
The pattern on this antique Persian Bakhtiari rug appears to be in bands, with each one different as the eye moves up the rug. No band repeats exactly even though some of them have the same symbols repeated. As the carpet is woven, it is rolled onto a bar at the bottom of the loom. The weaver cannot see what was done before. This makes each carpet a special one-of-a-kind-creation. Another unique feature of this carpet is that the corner designs are not resolved, as one would find on a carpet produced in the city.
Tribal carpets have a unique feel that can soften modern design and give it a more natural feel. They work well to define a space in a loft or studio. The dark color of the background of this rustic rug highlights the vibrant colors used for the design and adds a bold character to the carpet. It is an eye-catching piece that would add warmth and coziness to a tribal-themed room, or it will add a touch of color to a contemporary style room.