Fine Bidjar Persian Carpet – Antique

Rug #1933
Size: 640 x 364 cm / 21 x 11.9 ft
Handwoven in: 

Antique Bidjar Persian Carpet Medallion design Fine Wool Pile

A Fine Persian Bidjar Carpet, Northwest Persia, Wool on Wool Foundation


The terracotta field with a central blue hexagonal medallion linked to mirrored blue pendants, blue spandrels all with small polychrome ‘herati’, within a terracotta border enclosing continuous blue, ivory or ochre turtle palmettes linked by angular vines issuing florets

Bidjar is a town in the Kurdish region of North West Persia, and when applied to carpet attribution, is a generic term used to classify carpets made in Bidjar and in numerous neighbouring towns and villages. Persian Bidjar carpets are made in a distinctive, traditional, and unique way. As the knots are applied, the created pile is beaten down to make the pile strands stand upright as opposed to the pile lying down creating a ‘knap’. The pile strands standing upright, allows for an extremely dense pile to be created and gives enhanced detailing of the pattern elements.

This is a superb example of Persian Bidjar weaving, displaying an exceptional detailed floral herati pattern in a varied complementary colour palette, including shades of blue, yellow, salmon pink and green and ivory. The truly remarkable aspect of this design is the intricate drawing of this herati pattern displayed as an all over repeat throughout the entire composition. The angular definition of the design elements is typically seen in Persian Bidjar carpets, with a hexagonal central medallion and triangular spandrels. This complex pattern is presented as mirrored in both in the horizontal and vertical axis; a truly remarkable achievement in consideration of the exceptional detailed pattern drawing. In this Persian Bidjar carpet the colour contrast with terracotta and blue combined together as the primary back ground colours produces a highly decorative appearance which offsets superbly the detailed herati. The 19th Century vegetable dyed colours are characteristically jewel like in tone, consistent with the very best of Persian Bidjar weaving. Such intricacy could only have been created by highly experienced and highly skilled weavers. The weavers understanding of colour utilisation to maximise the visual impact is also noteworthy.

Both the design and colour combinations ensure that this Persian Bidjar carpet, of remarkable large size would grace both traditional and more modern surroundings, particularly suited to areas that are susceptible to significant wear.



Fine Antique Bidjar Persian Carpet. This piece was handwoven in Bidjar , 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.