The best known BAKHTIARI rug design is the Garden carpet with flower- and tendril-filled compartmental designs (KHESHTI Design). Another important BAKHTIARI design consists of a decorated field with lattice designs and floral ornaments that are as distinctly executed as the well-drawn medallion carpets of Saman.
There is a wide variation in quality and prices among carpets from this region, ranging from consumer carpets up to excellent collector's pieces. Hori carpets are generally of lower quality, while Bibibaff, Chapel Shotur and Saman pieces are good to excellent.
Size & Shapes:
Small and Large rugs up to 1.50 x 2.20m and occasionally narrow runners are produced. Room-sized carpets up to 4 x 5m are woven in workshops.
There is great variety of color in the carpets produced in the several hundred villages of this area. The principal colors include many shades of white and ivory, as well as various reds, browns, greens, and yellows, but relatively little blue. Natural dyes generally produce a harmonious range of color, especially on older pieces and in Bibibaff.
Even with wool obtained from the weaver's own herd, there are still varying degrees of quality, ranging from dull to extremely glossy. The pile is clipped medium-high to high.
Warp and weft are of cotton.
The Turkish knot is used in greatly varying knot densities, ranging from very coarse to medium fine.
Old and antique BAKHTIARI rugs are sought as rather rare collectors' pieces. Nomad carpets have a special charm and are distinguished by their beautiful patina. Old Bakhtiari are high in price, but newer ones are fairly reasonable. You might pay as low as $4-$18 Per Square Foot (PSF) for a nice BAKHTIARI rug.
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