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Antique Baktiari rug

Circa 1900
203 × 135 cm 6’7” x 4’5”


An early antique Baktiari rug woven around 1890-1900, the design is very elegant and refined, often in a repeating garden design or using tribal angular motifs this rug is much more floral and classical.   The intricate latticework in the main field background has been done exquisitely and proportion wise the design has been woven with great symmetry.  The colours are delicate and muted due to the rugs age with soft pale blue corners and muted reds, pinks and greens.

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 The pale ivory central medallion allows the deeper colours to really sing and create a beautiful antique rug to enhance a room.  Condition wise this refined rug is in very good order with both ends/fringes complete and secure and the sides/selvedges wrapped and secured also.  The main wool pile of the rug is very good indeed with the pile cut tightly and short it has preserved extremely well and no stains or damage or any kind.  A very durable and decorative rug ready to be used on the floor.  Professionally washed by ourselves.

Bakhtiari carpets are based on a cotton foundation warp with a wool weft usually taken from the herds of the producing tribe. This leads to unique carpets that differ depending on the characteristics of each tribe’s wool. The wool can range from dull to extreme glossy and the resultant pile is clipped medium to high. The best carpets with the highest knot density are often known as Bibbibaff, this rug is a very fine example and could be considered to be close to the best type.

There are some 200 villages in the region of Baktiari, who all produced beautiful rugs around the late 19th century and in some quite striking designs.  Baktiari, which is west of Isfahan, Persia is a region where rugs used a similar medallion format to those of Isfahan rugs. This is where the similarity ends, as village rugs from Baktiari are often coarsely woven on a wool foundation whereas Isfahan rugs are much finer and woven using a cotton foundation.  This rug is an exception to the typical weave of tribal rugs from Baktiari as it is much finer than most we encounter, the weaver obviously had great skill and added a variety of complex designs from the intricate floral background design and the well drawn corner spandrels.

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