Once again Bakhtiyar are returning to the historic Medieval Hall, Cathedral Close in the heart of Salisbury to host their bi-annual exhibition of over 200 fine Persian rugs, runners and kilims. From the 27th - 29th April 2018, open daily 10am - 5pm visitors will be able to immerse themselves in a world of mystery and wonder with rugs from across Persia.Read More
Persian rugs have been popular across the world for centuries and have played a major role in architecture, fashion and design across the middle east for thousand of years. Seen as a symbol of status and wealth Oriental rugs where the floor coverings of the royalty and rich, and something the general public wished to attain.Read More
From the 17th November - 19th November 2017 Bakhtiyar will return once again to the historic Medieval Hall in the Cathedral Close, Salisbury to exhibit a selection of over 200 fine Persian hand-knotted rugs, runners and kilims for purchaseRead More
Kashan is located in central Iran. It is one of the oldest towns in Persia and is named after its original inhabitants the ‘Kasian’ people, whose remains can be found in the Tepe Sialk which dates back to 6,000BC. Recently, Kashan rugs have been given as wedding presents from the bride's parents to the newly wed couple, this is to represent eternal life and their eternal love.Read More
Have you ever wondered how Persians determine the quality of a rug? For centuries, two methods passed down between generations have have been used as the definitive methods of measuring the quality of the weave of a rug. By following the steps below you can learn one of the oldest secrets of the Bazaar.Read More
Qashqai rugs are woven by the notoriously colourful Qashqai tribe- Iran's last roaming tribe in existence. Almost completely self-sufficient, they rely upon the health and well-being of their flock, which provides the invaluable wool from which they produce beautiful hand-woven rugs, saddle bags and more to trade with nearby towns and cities.Read More
Each rug is made up of a series of knots running horizontally along the warp, these are visible on the rug's reverse side.
The fringe is the exposed area of the 'warp strings'. These strings run through the entire length of the rug.
This is the bound edge along the width of the rug. The selvedge prevents materials from fraying or unravelling.
Qum (also spelled Qom) is located in central Iran, 100km south of the capital city, Tehran. As the 8th largest city in the country, its weavers are well-educated and they produce rugs to a very high standard despite being relatively new to the industry- only around 100 years ago did the city's production of silk and wool carpets begin.Read More
Opulent and alluring, Persian carpets were being produced even before the first Persian Empire was built. Their popularity in the west first flourished during the Safavid period (1501-1722) and, despite modern day sanctions, the trade remains one of Iran’s largest foreign exports.Read More
Carpets carrying the Sherkat-e-Farsh name represent an extremely high and consistent level of craftsmanship within the Persian carpet weaving industry. Sherkat-e-Farsh first began as a government led initiative under the rule of Reza Shah Pahlavi, who ruled Iran from 1925-1941. The scheme brought together a panel of expert weavers and industry advisors from each major region to represent their unique techniques and production methods. This collaboration led to an agreed standard of quality and an advancement of carpet production in the country.Read More