Bakhtiar Rugs

Persian Bakhtiar with Chesti pattern, about
 130.000 Knots/m2
Persian Bakhtiar from Nain Trading, approx. 270.000 knots/m2 width=

Two Bakthiar rugs in direct comparison, on the right hand side with a typical Chesti pattern

Type Persian Rugs
Location West of Isfahan (former Persia)
Typical Knot Density 150.000 - 350.000 knots / sqm
Characteristics Garden motifs with plants and animals

Bakhtiar carpets are made of strong and sturdy wool. Because the carpets - named after the nomads of the Bakhtiari tribe, who live in the Sagros mountains near the city of Isfahan - are among the most robust of all Persian carpets. They are knotted from thick wool, which reduces their deterioration. It is not as fine and soft as the cork wool of other Persian carpets, but it has a clear advantage in its resistance to everyday stress.

In many places Bakhtiar carpets are made with motifs inspired by gardens. The so-called Chesti pattern features designs with plants and animals from nature. They are inspired by typical Persian gardens. From time to time one also finds carpets of the Bakhtiari, whose patterns resemble those of the nearby Isfahan region. This type of carpet is often found in the entrance area or passageways of Iranian houses. It not only brings a bit of nature into your home, but it is also an extremely reliable carpet.

Examples of this Type

Examples provided from a selection of over 150 Bakhtiar rugs by Nain Trading from Hamburg. Hamburg, Germany is still the most important hub for the trade of oriental rugs in the Western World with Nain Trading offering one of the largest assortments of handmade oriental carpets worldwide.

Location - where do you the home of the Bakhtiari (Bachtiari)?

The nomadic Bakhtiari people live in the Sagros Mountains near the town of Schahr-e-Kurd.

Categories of Persian Rugs

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Robust Persian rugs that are ideal for everyday use and affordable at the same time.
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Knotted by former nomads with straight-line patterns, today very popular again.
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Garden motifs from Persian gardens, for which these rugs are known and appreciated.
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Simple and elegant – probably the most famous nomad rugs from Iran.
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Floral patterns from one of the once most highly regarded rug regions.
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Robust and strong, these carpets were knotted by Kurds in Iran.
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Different designs, which originate from the probably holiest place of Iran.
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Popular for the garden motifs or the well-known Herati pattern.
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Typical nomadic carpets from the old Shiraz among the ancient ruins of Persepolis.
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