6 x 10.8 Antique Bakshaish Carpet, Herati Design, Northwest Persia, Circa 1890

Bakshaish carpets were woven in the Heriz district in northwest Persia’s Azerbaijan province. Unlike some of the other villages in that area, such as Heriz itself, Karaja, Goravan and Mehriban, carpet production in Bakshaish appears to have ended shortly after 1900.

This late 19th century Bakshaish example is distinctive both in the long and narrow “gallery carpet” size, which follow an early classical period paradigm, and in having a beautiful denim blue field.

The field is decorated with the most famous of all Persian classical designs, the Herati design, but the articulation of it here is unusual in that the diamond shaped motifs typically seen are absent, with the flowerhead, palmettes and leaves all present.

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