BAKHTIARY 15968 Carpet No(Type N Reference): 15968 Origin (State, Province): CENTRAL PERSIA Size: 255 X 155 CM from sh.sameyeh Oriental carpet catalogue page No.48 Age: 2ND QUARTER OF 20TH CENTURY Category: Central Persia Description of Design and History: Persian Bakhtiari Rugs – Antique Persian Bakhtiari rugs are among the more intriguing and distinct styles of antique Persian rugs, boasting a fascinating historical heritage and expressing a unique aesthetic ideal. Bakhtiari rugs and carpets are one of the few types and styles of antique rugs that encompasses nomadic tribal as well as urban antique Persian rug design; most antique Persian rug styles will be expressive of either one aesthetic or the other, but only very rarely will it be expressive of both. Many Persian Bakhtiari rugs and carpets are in fact tribal carpets that rely upon a repertoire of abstract geometric and animal motives. But the Persian Bakhtiari rug weavers are also acclaimed for their ability to produce sophisticated medallion allover, and garden designs of classical Persian inspiration, with an added vitality and boldness. The wool quality and rich color of the Bakhtiari rug is also notable, whether they utilize an urban or more tribal design idiom. Some antique Bakhtiari rugs feature especially vibrant and expressive urban Persian rug designs, steeped in classical beauty and resplendent with traditional, classical design elements. Often, when a Bakhtiari rug features a sophisticated composition like this, it will be characterized by impeccable line work and precise drawing. Detail elements tend tone crisp and distinct, with the pattern beautifully articulated. A unique style of antique rugs, Persian Bakhtiari rugs and carpets are an exciting style. All natural dyes are paramount for the carpet to have more than just decorative value. Beyond that, various dyers had varying levels of skill and invested different lengths of time in dyeing the yarns. The “quality of color”–its radiance and level of nuance within each color–is centrally important. Certain rare colors such as Tyrian purple, saffron yellow, cochineal rose and greens add to the carpet’s value
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