“O, you painters who seek to know color, study carpets and therein you will find all knowledge.” –Paul Gauguin
Stately antique Persian Bakhtiari garden rug, featuring stylized flowers, and cypress trees. Wonderful traditional color palette, with all dyes and tints appearing to be natural.
Note in particular the use of blue and yellow dyes to produce a natural bluish green in depicting the cypress tress.
Excellent overall condition for an antique rug with very minimal wear on the wool pile. No thin sections, holes or weakened areas at all.
Fringes and side cords are in excellent shape. Some yellowing in the cotton fringes, which is part of the normal aging process of the cellulose in cotton.
The colors appear to be all natural dyes with probably un-dyed wool for the whites. Note the use of blue dyed weft threads (visible in the backside photo), a hallmark of many antique Persian carpets.
Natural wool woven onto natural cotton. 1930s. In the range of 80 to a century old.
Exact size is 11 ft. 10 in. by 9 ft. 2 in.
Photo with Morgan silver dollar shows the backside.
This is a distinctive and traditional design woven by the Bakhtiari tribe of Persia. 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. 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.
Shipping will be $69 within the continental U.S.
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