BAKHTIARI GARDEN COMPARTMENT RUG, Central Persian
4ft 4in x 6ft 9in
Late 19th Century
NEW ARRIVAL! This 125-year-old Persian Bakhtiari rug is not only absolutely charming, but solidly collectible. It boasts an especially whimsical interpretation of a traditional "Garden Compartment" design in a masterful array of jewel toned colors. Through the desire to create unwavering visual appeal, its adventurous weaver intentionally made each and every compartment novel. Continual variation in outline, proportion, and the splendid variety of inner ornamentation combine to create an irrepressible, seemingly spontaneous energy. Scarlet and brilliantly abrashed sapphire blue demonstrate the tribal people's love of intense color, while burnished gold accents illuminate the compartment design in an especially luxurious and entrancing way. Very few art-level 19th century Bakhtiari rugs have survived, especially in such outstanding condition, and this area size gem is certainly among the most precious pieces that remain from this pre-commercial period.