Large Antique Bidjar Rug (size adjusted) BB3931

Large Antique Bidjar Rug (size adjusted) Description:

A Bidjar antique rug, the abrashed midnight blue field with staggered celadon leaf-formed cartouches with luxurious floral blossoms within a midnight blue border with stylized palmettes and vinery.

Bidjar rugs like most antique carpets are named for the area in which they were woven. Bijar is a small city in Northwestern Iran about 150 miles south of Tabriz. The town of Bijar and surrounding countryside are mainly populated by Kurds. Kurdish culture and artistic ability are clearly visible in the quality of the region’s antique carpets.

Though a small town (population 20,000 in 1900), Bijar was at the center of a major weaving area that became well-known throughout the world for the very high-quality extra large area rugs produced in the small workshops of Bijar and often in homes throughout the surrounding countryside as a family undertaking. Somewhere between the sophisticated city Persian rugs for sale and the more primitive village and tribal rugs, lie the rugs of Bijar. Westerners and Persian nobility have commissioned the Kurdish weavers of the Bijar region for the last several hundred years to produce these almost magical carpets, the finest of which are called “Halvai.”

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