9.7 x 14.5 Antique Bidjar Carpet, Open Field Design, Northwest Persia, Kurdistan Province, Circa 1890

The weavers in the northwest Persian village of Bidjar, located in Kurdistan province, are known for their use of color, high quality wool, densely woven carpets and use of classic designs. Among the most recognizable formats are carpets with an “open field”, generally with a central medallion and corner spandrels.

In this example, the abrashed (variegated) red open field is decorated with a coral, yellow, green and navy blue medallion with the classical Herati design and Anchor pendants. Navy blue and coral corner spandrels have zoomorphic figures in yellow.

A deep sky blue Turtle border with ivory guard borders frames the field.

This appears to be an early example, probably dating to no later than circa 1890.