Large traditional vintage Persian Bakhtiari rug with an impressive medallion motif.
Condition is excellent with almost no signs of any wear. Fringes and side cords are in great condition, and the wool pile is thick and soft. The rug is a little uneven on one end.
The primary field colors are brick red, red, white, blue, with decorations of green, black, orange, and tan.
The large white medallion stands out dramatically against the darker colors around it. Wide elaborate borders such as found in the Heriz carpets of NW Iran.
The carpet is solid and thick, and can be used in a high foot traffic area of the house. (Would also be pleasant to sit on because of the plush wool pile.)
Exact size is 10 ft. by 6 ft. 5 in. Wool pile on cotton warp. 1970s – 1980s.
Bakhtiari weavers often use a Heriz or serapi style medallion in their rugs. This large carpet was most likely woven in the Chaharmahal Province of central-western Iran.
The Bakhtiari tribe, numbering 800,000, inhabit an area of 67,000 sq. km that straddles the central Zagros Mountains in Iran. Although only about a third of the tribe is nomadic (the rest are settled agriculturists), the nomads embody the Bakhtiari cultural ideals.
They specialize in producing meat and dairy products and migrate seasonally with their sheep, cattle, or goat herds from high plateau pastures, where they spend the summer, west of the city of Esfahan, to lowland plains in the province of Khuzistan for winter herd grazing.
Their migration is among the most spectacular known among nomadic paternalists anywhere. They cross mountain passes at about 3,050 m. and therefore have to time their movement with extreme care in order to minimize the danger of early snowfall, flooding mountain rivers, and lack of grazing for their animals and flocks.
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