Large vintage Persian Bakhtiari rug with impressive Heriz medallion motif. The outer border includes a bird and floral design.
Condition is fairly good with some cosmetic issues. There are areas of notable pile wear in a few spots. There is strong abrash (variegation in color due to changes in the wool dye batches) across the rug, most strikingly where the weaver has used large amounts of dark gray on one end and dark blue on the other.
Despite the wear, this is a very sturdy rug without holes or weak areas, and it can be used in a high foot traffic area of the home.
Fringes and side cords are in very good condition. The rug is a little uneven on one end.
Despite the cosmetic issues, this is a solid and enchanting old Persian carpet.
The primary field colors are brick red, gray, indigo blue, white, salmon, gold and green.
The large light medallion stands out dramatically against the darker colors surrounding it. Wide elaborate borders such as found in the Heriz carpets of NW Iran. The addition of birds to the border is uncommon.
Exact size is 10 ft. 6 in. by 5 ft. 8 in. Wool pile on cotton warp. 1950s – 1960s.
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.
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