Stunning Large Blue Antique Persian Bakshaish Rug, Country of Origin: Persia, Circa Date: 1880 – The antique Persian Bakshaish rugs originated in a region 60 miles northeast of the famed city of Tabriz. It is one of the oldest rug weaving cities in the region and is known for its striking tribal designs that are both elegant and unique. This gorgeous piece uses contrasting backgrounds to create areas of design that stand out individually, and that gives an overall appearance of a well-composed and thought out design. However, you can still see the hands that worked this piece in the imperfections and variations in the pattern throughout the design.
This suggests that the rug was created by a tribal people, rather than in one of the formal city weaving schools. This makes it a unique piece that ties it to a specific culture and place. Many times, larger area rugs such as this one, were woven by an entire family. Even the children would participate, sometimes taking over the knotting for a few rows, and then, more experienced hands would once again resume the work. That is one of the characteristics that give these antique rugs their charm and character.
This rug would make a beautiful addition to traditional decor or a formal room. It would also be the perfect foundation for a Boho chic or bohemian-inspired design. Its tribal flavor lends both a touch of elegance and a connection to the tribal people who created it. The design has a formality in its structure, yet if you look at the symbols within the areas of design, you will see a spontaneity that only that is only found in a true tribal piece.
Each of the symbols has in the Persian rug has meaning, and the weaver often tells a story or includes special meaning within the design of the piece. This remarkable Bakshaish rug, that is the precursor to the famed antique Persian Heriz Serapi rugs, would be the perfect inspiration for a living room, bedroom, or formal dining room. It is a gorgeous piece of history and will make a special addition to your home or collection.