Bidjar AL1205 90 x 63cm


90 x 63cm

Persian Bidjar rug approximately fifty to sixty years old in great condition. Cream backgrounds with details weaved in black and salmon. Beautiful abrash (uh-brash) present throughout.

Abrash is one of the most iconic, if not the most telling sign of a handmade Persian rug. Handmade rugs are weaved through an extensive period of time, especially true with nomadic tribes, as the weaver step away from the rug distracted by the daily grind. Raw wool material used in the same rug may been harvested/purchased in different years, the variation of weather and availability of food affects the quality of wool which fundamentally affects the wool’s ability to absorb and persist with the colour dye. As the rug ages, parts of the rug fades at an accelerated rate forming the beautiful patterns, albeit an unintentional by product, of the ‘hall mark’ of handmade rug.

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Bidjar rugs are also known as the iron rugs of Persia. They are heavy, stiff, thick and extremely dense. In fact, the majority of antique rugs are Bidjar rugs due to their inherent durability by the extraordinary method of weaving unique to this weaving group. Once a upon a time Bidjar were woven on wool foundation like all other tribal rugs, but they are now woven on cotton warps and wefts, resulting an even stronger rug that holds its shape well. This unique Kurdish weaving method demands each knot to be fully stacked, which means the warps are set at two levels, one on top of another. When a row is completed, a metal rod or heavy metal comb is inserted and hammered with force to pack down the triple wefts. As a result, Bidjar rugs are extremely durable, medium-pile rugs.
They are often weaved in rich dark colours with the classic Persian reds and blues. Herati design with French style roses in the border and corners are the most popular design for Bidjar rugs. They are sometimes woven in the Minahani pattern, as well as a design that features a large medallion anchored with palmettes, placed on either an open or a well-covered field. Bidjar rugs are available in a full range of sizes, from mats to 12 by 9 foot carpets. They are very expensive, but well worth the cost due to durability and high chance of surviving to antique status (minimum 100 years).

All our rugs at Oriental Rug Gallery are hand weaved carpets by professional rug artisans, village weavers and nomadic tribes in Middle East, Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa regions. Our rugs range from designer artist labels to rugs lovingly created by women at home. Oriental Rug Gallery specialises in Persian rugs, but we also have a selection of other authentic rugs from other regions in the world. Give us a call on 07768616666 to find out more about this rug.

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