Wednesday Wishlist: Bakshaish Carpet Formerly Owned by Dustin Hoffman

This Week’s Wednesday Wishlist Rug is a Gorgeous Bakshaish Carpet from the Estate of Dustin Hoffman!

Antique Persian Bakshaish Carpet —  Every Wednesday, The Nazmiyal Collection features one spectacular example of a hand-made vintage or antique rug from its vast catalog. We select each piece based on its aesthetic beauty, conceptual merit, and history. To see how we’d style this week’s selection, check out our Wednesday Wishlist Pinterest board!

Antique Bakshaish Persian Carpet from the Estate of Dustin Hoffman 47610
Antique Bakshaish Persian Carpet from the Estate of Dustin Hoffman 47610

This week’s Wednesday wishlist rug is a lovely antique Persian Bakshaish Carpet. This rug is notable not only for its beautiful and unique tribal design and bold coloring, but also for it’s former celebrity owner, Dustin Hoffman! Despite its ties to Hollywood, this carpet is traditionally middle-eastern: With its rusty orange and deep blue palette, and its abstracted symbols and geometric patterns, this carpet is a wonderful example of tribal Persian design.

Bakshaish rugs are incredibly desirable because they adapt the tribal all-over designs of small village carpets into larger size rugs, which typically have finer, more symmetrical patterns. Bakshaish carpets, however, make use of scattered space-fillers; alternatively they may apply a principle of open space to allow the effects of the drawing to stand out graphically.The tribal trend is as strong as ever, so room-sized, authentic tribal rugs are highly coveted by interior designers. This particular rug, at approximately 11 feet by 14 feet, is a wonderfully workable size for many modern rooms.

Bakshaish carpets are also prized for their lustrous wool, which has extra sheen because of the nutrients present in the grazing lands of the sheep in Northern Iran. This luster, combined with the vivid colors of Bakshaish carpets, makes for a truly attention-grabbing conversation piece.

How would you style this antique Persian Bakshaish carpet? Tell us in the comment section!