Late 19th century
Wool and natural dyes
Selvedge: black goat hair
over one bundle of warp cords
96 x 150 inches
Private collection, San Francisco, CA
It was not too long ago the Baktiari and their carpets were simply lumped into one big group of many different peoples and their weaving traditions. Thanks to many scholars we now think of these migratory groups as separate with each having unique characteristics in their weaving techniques and designs.
As with most Persian carpets, the Baktiari have a long history of producing rugs in difference sizes that usually rely on floral or so called ‘garden’ designs. The design elements with the Baktiari are usually displayed on darker colored backgrounds which allows for a colorful contact. The Baktiari are not shy with their usage of colors.