A Collection of Oriental and European Carpets and Textiles

Bakhtiari Main Carpet
West Persia
Chahar Mahal valley
Circa 1890
588 x 430 cm (19’4” x 14’1”)

Notes: Symmetrically knotted wool pile on a cotton foundation
The large carpets woven by sedentary Bakhtiari tribes in the villages of the Chahar Mahal valley are among the best known Persian weavings, which sometimes bear inscriptions that indicate thier commission by local khans governing the area. The colour saturation of the wool yarns employed is a distinguishing factor for Bakhtiari weavings, together with their geometric stylisation of traditional Persian patterns. Here we see an oversized allover pattern of ivory lozenges on an indigo ground - an interpretation of the Safavid garden carpet design. A wide border decorated by large rosettes, executed with great elegance and spaciousness, aptly frames the carpet.
Bibliography: I. Bennett, ‘Carpets of the Khans’, Hali, Part 1- vol. 11, no. 1 (London, 1989): 40-51, Part 2- vol. 11, no. 2 (London, April 1989): 18-29.



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