Stately antique Persian Bakhtiari garden runner, featuring stylized flowers, and trees. Fairly rare to find Bakhtiari runners that are this long and narrow, and this color palette, using restrained earth-tone tints, is also uncommon.
Good condition with a few small areas of wear from decades of normal use. Appears to be a couple small professional repairs, including minor re-piling in tiny areas.
Despite the wear the carpet remains quite rugged, with no holes or weak areas, and can be used in a high foot traffic area of the home. Even in the area of most notable wear, an area on the side of the runner shown in the photos, the rug is solid and not weakened in any way.
Fringes and side cords are in very good shape.
The colors include un-dyed wool and mainly or all natural dyes.
Natural wool woven onto natural cotton. 1940s. Exact size is 15 ft. 8 in. by 2 ft. 11 in.
Photo with Morgan silver dollar shows the backside. Heavy rug for its size.
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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