A Collection of Oriental and European Carpets and Textiles

rug with garden design
bakhtiari tribe
chahar mahal valley
west persia
circa 1870
213 x 164 cm (7 x 55)

Notes: symmetrically knotted wool pile on a wool foundation
The naive, almost child-like rendition of the kheshti (Persian for 'squares') pattern, derived from Safavid garden carpets, is seen here in one of its purest forms, with a full range of wonderfully saturated colours on a wool foundation. These characteristics are trademarks of the best and oldest weavings of the Bakhtiari tribe. The simple execution of each compartment reminds us of those seen on Gabbeh rugs, and contrasts efficiently with the more formal stylised vine pattern that frames the composition.
Bibliography: P. Willborg, Chahar Mahal Va Bakhtiari - Village, Workshop& Nomadic Rugs of Western Persia (Stockholm 2002).



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