Canvello Silkroad Bakhtiari Rust Flower Rugs - 10'5'' X 16'6''
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Bakhtiari oriental rugs woven before 1950 were examples of tribal rugs, which are traditionally smaller rugs, with wool yarns hand knotted onto a wool foundation. The nomadic lifestyle of these sheep herding tribes, moving their stock from winter to summer pasture, dictated the necessity of smaller and easily movable looms, using the wool from their sheep for the foundation and pile of their rugs. Sometime in the middle of the last century, these nomadic tribes began to settle in various villages in Western persia. Weaving looms that did not have to be seasonally moved could be larger and sturdier, making the production of larger size rugs possible. The use of cotton for the foundation of the rugs also became more and more common. Baktiari rugs woven today use wool pile knotted on cotton foundations. The Bakhtiari oriental rugs of today are woven in a large number of villages located in an area of Western persia known as Chahar Mahal. It must be noted the weavers of Bakhtiari oriental rugs are typically not of Bakhtiari tribes, but rather a number of tribes under the rule of Bakhtiaris. The rugs coming from this region are all referred to as Bakhtiari rugs.The rugs produced by these formerly nomadic tribes share common designs, structures, and color palettes.