Large vintage Persian Bakhtiari garden rug rendered in a traditional stylized design based on natural forms such as cypress trees, flowers, and foliage.
This is one of the least common types of the garden motif, which uses un-dyed wool and neutral earth tone colors. They are also typically woven as large area rugs.
The icons in the design are arranged in repeating diagonals, another unusual feature of these carpets. Because of the neutral colors and design, the carpet could work well with a wide range of decors from mid century modern to contemporary and Southwestern.
Good condition with some general wear on the wool pile from normal use. There is also some staining on a part of the fringe on one end. It appears to an old food spill along the end of the rug but there is no odor. (shown in CU in penultimate photo) Some of it came out when I washed it with soapy water, and possibly most of it would come in a professional wash.
Otherwise, the fringes and side cords are in very good shape.
The minimalist colors include a brownish gray, brown, ivory white, and black.
Despite the wear, this is a solid, durable rug that can be placed in a high foot traffic area or under a table and chairs.
This is a variant of the garden motif, which uses small boxes or windows to showcase bucolic scenes of nature. In this rug the icons of nature are presented in a more abstract form.
These remarkable and distinctive garden rugs are a hallmark of the Bakhtiari tribe. The motif can symbolize Paradise, an oasis, a courtly garden, or the seasons of nature.
Rugs with compartments containing garden motifs were produced in the 16th century, and are known as Kheshti rugs.
Exact size is 12 ft. 2 in. by 9 ft. 7 in. 1950s.
Natural wool woven onto natural cotton.
The Bakhtiari tribe, numbering 800,000, inhabit an area straddling the central Zagros Mountains. 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.
Rug imports from Iran were banned in mid 2018 so a good time to pick up Persian rugs as the prices are already rising dramatically. I can no longer find the carpets at the prices I am selling them for so I can’t replace the Persian rugs once they are sold.
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