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A remarkable rare antique Bakshaish carpet dating from 1880 in outstanding condition, with a super soft wool pile. More often Bakshaish carpets were woven in larger sizes and often with bold geometric designs, and vivid colours. Their designs can be quite abstract and nearly always comprised of a central motif which sprawls out in one large design to the corner spandrels or with a smaller medallion inside a larger medallion.

This exquisite earlier piece however uses a more subtle geometric all over design with large stylised leaves and thick golden vines over the deep blue main field.  Generally older pieces were more open than younger examples woven from the Heriz region in the North of Persia.  The charm and characteristics of antique carpets from this region woven in the late 19th century are simply wonderful.

The condition of this carpet is really exceptional, the coarser weave from this type often produces a wooly pile, which is what we can see on all the additional images.  Minimal restoration, preservation to the fringes/ends. We love the look, design and palette of this early piece with great dyes and subtle dye change.  It could definitely work in a traditional setting as well as a contemporary space due to the vibrancy and all over abstract design.


380 x 306 cm / 12'6" x 10'

Condition report

Exceptional pile height all over, with the softest wool, no stains or marks. Minimal preservation to the fringes.

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