Beautiful Large Garden Design Antique Persian Bakhtiari Rug, Country of Origin / Rug Type: Persian Rug, Circa Date: 1920 – The Bakhtiari people are famous for their annual trek across the snow capped Zagros mountains and for their spectacular hand-knotted rugs. This gorgeous, large garden carpet has colors and a design that comes together in a way that is almost magical. This antique Persian Garden design rug is stately and has a formal quality that is typically not associated with tribal rugs, making it a unique piece.
Originally, the Bakhtiari people used only geometric designs in their carpets, but they were also influenced by the beautiful floral court carpets that were produced in nearby Isfahan. The city of Isfahan was a famous carpet center of the Persian Safavid Dynasty. What emerged was a style that was distinctive and combined both geometric and floral elements in a way that can only be described as breathtaking, as in this piece.
Many of the palace oversized carpets were woven for the tribal rulers and were not intended for sale to outsiders. These royal masterpieces are a special group of Bakhtiari carpets that are prized by collectors. This remarkable piece has tiled floral designs with traditional motifs throughout.
The floral designs have a special meaning and represent a form of symbolic language. Within the design, you will see majestic cypress trees, willows, flowers grown on formal trellises, and branches bursting with blossoms. The cypress tree is a symbol for everlasting life and the blossom foretells of youth, spring, and can represent newlyweds. The weeping willow can represent prayer or serenity. Other panels of the rug include a mihrab or prayer niche.
The repertoire of designs in this rug show experience and skill. The rug has a precision that one rarely finds in tribal rugs. It has a high knot count that allows for an impressive level of detail. The design is complex, with motifs within motifs, which indicates a high level of artistic skill, too.
Persian rugs of this quality and beauty are a rare find. This one brings an elegance and sophistication, both as a piece of artwork and as the central focal point of the room. Persian rugs are a popular style trend that continues to gain momentum within the design world. This antique area rug would make the perfect foundation for any room from traditional to contemporary.