Old Persian Bakhtiari Rug

Rug #897
Size: 201 x 150 cm / 6.6 x 4.9 ft
Handwoven in: 

Old Persian Bakhtiari Rug Medallion design | Floral Wool Pile

This Persian Bakhtiari rug is published in;

Oriental Carpets, ‘A buyers guide‘, Essie Sakhai, London. 

pp. 64-65.

This rug was woven by the Bakhtiaris, tribes who live in the Zagros Mountains in the west of Iran, and is a particularly fine example of their craft. The carpet is decorated with the gol farangi design, which comprises a number of large red roses in the centre of the carpet on a cream background. The whole motif is surrounded by a diamond-shaped medallion. The geometric floral border is interesting and more typical of those found on the city rugs of Tabriz or some parts of Isfahan than on tribal rugs such as this. The dominant colour is muted madder red, with muted dark nay and a strongly contrasting cream that lifts the central design and the border motifs. All the colours are vegetable dyes. Unusually for a tribal rug, the pile is wool on cotton – most tribal rugs are woven on wool foundation threads. Bakhtiari gol farangi rugs are usually about 213 x 152cm (84 x 60in), but are also produced in larger sizes. In Persia, gol farangi means “foreign rose”, giving some clue to the French origins of the design. Most of the Karabakh rugs woven in the Caucasus, as well as some Bijar and Senneh rugs, are woven in this design, but it is more unusual to see a Bakhtiari rug with this motif.


Old Persian Bakhtiari Rug. This piece was handwoven in Bakhtiari , Iran. For further information please contact us and our team will be pleased to assist you. All pieces in the collection are under the auspices of Essie Sakhai, one of the world’s foremost experts and collectors of fine handmade Persian rugs and carpets.