The Bakhtiari carpets are Persian Carpets from one of the best known and largest nomadic tribes.
We are in south-central Persia, in the Chaharmahal Bakhtiari region, which is mainly mountainous and surrounded by the Zagros mountains in the south-west and the Zayandeh Rud river in the north.
It is in this area that we find the most consistent settlement of the ancient lineage of the Bakhtiari, a population strongly anchored to its own ethnic and cultural traditions, whose head has often also played roles in Persian society.
About 200 thousand people and an economic system substantially based on breeding, herds that accompany the movements along the inaccessible and tortuous mountain routes of the Zagros. Some, defined minor nomads, settle the warm villages of the region and move in the summer towards the most mountainous hills; others, called major nomads, move along longer paths.
The production of carpets, generally aimed at female dexterity, is a deeply rooted activity and export throughout the world has established itself since the beginning of the last century, spreading the sale of Bakhtiari carpets to a varied public, due to its ductility and adaptability, described below.
The Bakhtiari Persian Carpets are hand-knotted carpets, on a warp (base) of cotton and weft in wool, generally coming from the herds of the same tribe. Normally knotted on vertical, they can sometimes also have horizontal workings.
A peculiarity of manufacture requires that the carpets are long beaten, so that both the thickness and the strength are consolidated: this action in fact determines the approach of the knots with a greater narrowing of the spaces.
These rugs are very resistant both to wear from trampling and to durability, ensuring yield satisfaction also placed in very busy areas. In the context of Persian productions, they can be considered the most durable.
The aesthetic elements that characterize the Bakhtiari Persian Carpets are substantially floral or Kheshti, or Persian garden. This motif is very recurrent and proposes, in rectangular or square partitions of the same carpet, drawings of animals and / or plants: cultural symbolic pins of ethnic tradition combined with the typical geometries of Persian gardens.
It is also possible to find medallions or representations of the tree of life.
The typical colors of Bakhtiar Carpets are red, brown, yellow, green and white; blue is essentially absent: a peculiarity is linked to the territories, therefore to the materials available, and to the colors of the subjects represented. Natural colors declined in a varied range of shades and reflections.
The dimensions of the Bakhtiar Persian Carpets have a rich assortment: from the smallest sizes to the runners, up to the most important measures for a large hall.
Strength, durability, permanence of the structure even in stressful situations. Pleasant colors and permanence over time. The wide range of measures and modularity of prices consolidate the strong worldwide response of the public.
Bakhtiar carpets are popular for their large size as compared to other nomad carpets and their elaborated ornaments. Such an inexpensive Persian Rugs offers luxury for an affordable price to buy.