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Antique Bidjar kelleh

Circa 1890
320 × 142 cm 10’5” x 4’7”


A rich red background on this antique Bidjar kelleh carpet woven in the late 19th century.  Woven with a decorative ‘Mina-Khani’ floral pattern and a dark brown/black border which is showing signs of corrosion.  This dye corrodes due to the metallic properties in the dye used to create the brown and blacks.  Mina-Khani is a design of floral motifs connected by scrolling vines.

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 A wonderful pattern and it is used on Caucasian pieces and finer weaves from Veramin carpets. The condition is good for its age and showing minimal signs of wear.

Rugs from Bidjar are very tough due to their structure which consists of usually five weft threads, two are loose wool threads followed by one taut cotton thread, then a further two loose wool threads. These are tightly beaten together against the knots, creating an extremely tight, compact rug. They tend to be floral in design, with the ‘Herati’ fish design commonly used in the main field and border or the ‘Mina-Khani’ floral design all over as in this example.

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