Persian Bidjar Extra Large Carpet

Rug #5042
Size: 589 x 400 cm / 19.3 x 13.1 ft
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Persian Bidjar Extra Large Carpet Medallion design Wool Pile


An Extremely Fine Bidjar Carpet, Kurdistan, North West Persia, Wool on Cotton Foundation,

Mid 20th Century

The ivory field with a central coral lozenge medallion enclosing a lobed blue centre piece, linked to mirrored pendants, blue and coral spandrels all with an ‘herati’ design, within a coral border enclosing continuous poly chrome turtle palmettes, alternating with flower heads linked by angular vines ending in curled serrated leaves

Bidjar is an important 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 Persian Bidjar carpet, displays a distinctive style of design associated with an identifiable group of 20th century ‘revivalist’ urban workshop carpets. This group is defined by the composition, and exceptionally fine detailing presenting all over repeat flower head or herati patterns covering, medallion, field area and spandrels and depending on how the pattern is viewed can take on varying visual effects. The important historical centre of Tabriz appears to be the originating centre for the production of this remarkable design, and is not exclusive to Tabriz. It is not surprising that the weavers of Bidjar would try their hand in recreating this version, simply due to the geographical close proximity of Bidjar to Tabriz.

This is a superb example of Persian Bidjar craftsmanship displaying an exceptional detailed floral herati pattern in a varied complementary colour palette, including shades of coral, 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. Particularly noteable is the ivory field pattern. Depending on how the carpet is viewed, the herati pattern coloured pale blue in vertical lines is arranged in such a way as to appear like a contrasting tile pattern against the ivory ground. This is a remarkable artistic achievement demonstrating tremendous foresight by the highly skilled weavers in wanting to create the desired effect. The angular definition of the design elements is typically seen in Persian Bidjar carpets, with a lozenge shaped central medallion and diagonal stepped 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 coral, blue and ivory combined together as the primary back ground colours produces a highly decorative appearance which offsets superbly the detailed herati. The colours are characteristically jewel like in tone, consistent with the very best of Persian Bidjar artistry. 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 certainly noteworthy.

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



Persian Bidjar Extra Large 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.