The Bakhtiari of western Persia were one of the main tribal confederations to set up weaving workshops just outside of large market centers. Nomadic pastoralists derived their wealth from their animals. These groups discovered that it was more profitable to sell finished products than raw wool. Bakhtiari workshops worked hand in hand with clients and merchants in neighboring Isfahan to supply a wealth of desired weavings for the local, national, and international markets. Based on its long and narrow proportions, this corridor carpet or 'kellehghi' was most certainly woven for the domestic Persian market. The garden design seen here is derived from larger 18th century Northwest Persian prototypes and depicts flowering shrubs, cedars, willows, and prunus. An inscribed date at the top reads 1327, roughly corresponding to the Western year 1909.
Bakhtiari rugEarly 20th Century
- 4' 9"
- 9' 11"
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