Fantastically detailed Persian Bakhtiari garden rug, featuring songbirds and an array of floral scenes. Mesmerizing colors and wonderful balance.
Mint condition with no obvious signs of wear. These finely woven Bakhtiari carpets are often labeled ‘bibibaff’ in Iran because of their high knot density and superb technical mastery.
Colors include indigo blue, sun yellow, brick red, salmon, white, black and brown.
Out of a my personal collection. 1960s. Exact size is 9 ft. 4 in. by 4 ft. 3 in.
This is a distinctive and traditional design woven by the Bakhtiari tribe of Iran. The motif can symbolize Paradise, an oasis, a courtly garden, and the seasons of nature.
Rugs with compartments containing garden motifs were produced in Persia in the 16th century, and are known as Kheshti rugs.
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.
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