A durable, handmade Bakthiar carpet fits perfectly at an entrance.

In the Zagros mountains, west of the city of Isfahan around the city Shahr-e-Kurd, reside the Bakhtiar nomads. Most of them speak Persian or a Lori dialect, while others who live in the Khuzestan province speak Arabic. Bakhtiar men wear wide pants, a round shaped hat and a short tunic, clothes which originate as far back as the Parthian dynasty (200 B.C.- 200 A.C.). The Bakhtiar nomadic headman (khans) have at times had very powerful positions in Persian society. An extensive carpet production area of Chahar Mahal va Bakhtiari absorbs nomads as well as village people of changing origin.

The carpets are sold under the common name Bakhtiar (also Baktiar, Bachtiar and Bakhtiari ), sometimes with a place of denunciation; Boldaji, Feridan or Saman. The carpets are made of durable wool, and are beaten very hard, which makes them thick and solid and they are considered to be among the most durable of Persian carpets. A well-known pattern is the Khesti (garden motif) where the carpet is divided into squares with plants and animals, symbolizing the Persian garden, but also medallions and life tree-motifs occur with influences from the Isfahan carpets.

The best Bakhtiar carpets with the highest knot density are sometimes called Bibibaff.

Some examples of Bakhtiar carpets:

Backside of a Bakthiar carpet.

Technical specifications:
Pile: wool
Weft: cotton yarn, sometimes with a blue colour, 1 or 2 wefts
Warp: cotton yarn
Knot: mostly symmetrical
Knot density: 150 000 - 320 000 knots per square metre
Sizes: from zaronim up to large sizes

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