Antique handmade oversized carpet #43561 Bakhtiari Iran 19.6 x 12.11 feet
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|Country of Origin:
||19.6 x 12.11 ft
(warp and weft):
||geometric / allover
||from the village Shalamzar, Kheshti design
More about the provenance Bakhtiari | Iran
The name originates from the times when the landlords of the area were Bakhtiaris. Today Bakhtiari rugs are mainly made by peasants, therefore Bakhtiaris are not nomadic rugs as often mistakenly assumed. Bakhtiari rugs are of high uniqueness and durability.
This is an Oriental nomadic rug. The word "nomad" comes from the Greek word "nemein". Nomads are wandering tribes, shepherds, stockbreeders, or hunters. In the minorly populated areas of Asia and North Africa they move with their herds, all their belongings and their tents to new places constantly. Many states already tried to make them settle down with various success. Mostly it is the women of the tribes which contribute to the family's income with their carpet knotting and weaving while the men breed stock or go hunting. But due to the circumstances of nomadic life the carpet production often lacks regularity and precision in form and design, which actually adds to their originality and makes them even more popular. The wool is mostly dyed with vegetable dyes.
This Oriental carpet has a so called "garden design" or as in Persian "Kheshti". The design of Oriental "garden rugs" represents sophisticated garden layouts from a bird's eye view. The oldest garden rugs date back to the 16th century. The legendary rug "Spring of Khosrow" of Khosrow the Sassanide king served as a template. The rugs are divided into fields which are separated by water ditches. The ditches in which often fish and ducks are swimming are flanked by bushes and flowers. Altogether garden rugs are an expression of the special Oriental love of floral beauty which peaked in fantastically laid out gardens.