At Santa Barbara Design Center we have a great selection of outstanding Antique Bakhshayesh rugs with incredible designs by Rugs and More! Bakhshayesh rugs are considered among the finest examples of Persian rugs. Prized for their classical, abstract, bold, and large-scale designs, Bakhshayesh rugs are skillfully woven with all-over patterns while also including an abundance of negative space allowing each shape to be appreciated individually as well as part of the whole design.
Antique Bakhshayesh Rug
The Persian antique Bakhshayesh rugs are also admired for their lustrous wool and rich, transparent color, again in the tradition of the best tribal pieces. Bakhshayesh rugs were produced in North Iran, not far from the Caucasus, which helps to account for the qualities they share with the rugs of that region.
The drawing of antique Bakhshayesh rugs and carpets is always bold, geometric, dynamic, and abstract.
The talented weavers in the village of Bakhshayesh produce an impressive array of rustic carpets that highlight the region’s history and culture. By combining the larger sizes of city rugs with the rustic, tribal influences of village carpets, these regional rugs offer collectors the best of both worlds. Antique Bakhshayesh rugs are the oldest produced in the influential region responsible for Heriz rugs. Although the village of Bakhshayesh is not far from Tabriz, their designs and styles are worlds apart. The striking Bakhshayesh rugs have ancient roots that contribute to their rustic, rectilinear style that is reminiscent of Caucasian pieces.
Handmade Native American rugs and textiles are truly works of art; they are one-of-a-kind items that take many months to create. The handmade Navajo rugs are part of a sacred history that dates back more than 300 years, when weaving was introduced to the Navajo tribe. But the gorgeous Native American rugs, wall hangings, blankets, and other textiles available from just representatives of the past; they’re also emblems of “The Next Phase” of Navajo weaving.
Beautiful, handmade textiles, including American Indian rugs, wall hangings, blankets, and tapestries, are often overlooked as the brilliant works of art they are. Functional art, such as textiles and pottery, is too often devalued in comparison to fine art, such as painting and sculpture. Fortunately, this trend is changing, as crafts are finally being given their due in thousands of museums across the United States and the world at large.
Navajo textiles were originally utilitarian blankets for use as cloaks, dresses, saddle blankets, and similar purposes. Toward the end of the 19th century, weavers began to make rugs for tourism and export. Typical Navajo textiles have strong geometric patterns. They are a flat tapestry-woven textile produced in a fashion similar to kilims of Eastern Europe and Western Asia, but with some notable differences. In Navajo weaving, the slit weave technique common in kilims is not used, and the warp is one continuous length of yarn, not extending beyond the weaving as fringe. Traders from the late 19th and early 20th century encouraged adoption of some kilim motifs into Navajo designs.
In Persia, Kashan was a center of silk production and, as the largest city in the northwest, a major stop on every trade route. Kashan’s weaving produced some of the most desirable and best classical Persian rugs. These rugs date back to the 16th and 17th Centuries and this era was considered the “Golden Age of Persian Weaving.” Many of the archetypal Persian designs for rugs began during this period. The most notable motif was the “Royal Garden” of Kashan, which was Shah Abbas from the Safavid Dynasty. This dynasty was considered one of the most significant ruling dynasties in Persia. The Safavid shahs ruled over the so-called gunpowder empires – they ruled from 1501 – 1736 and were the economic stronghold between the East and West.
The majority of vintage Kashan rugs available today usually came from the second half of the 19th to the beginning of the 20th Century. The most rare group of Kashan rugs is the “Mohtasham Kashan” which was woven in the late 19th Century. These elite class of rugs used a quality lambs wool called Merino wool – that gave a luminous quality of the surface of the rugs. Ustadan Zufikhar Ed Din Mohtashem “the Master Weaver” of that period produced these rugs. The rugs have a particular style, color and wool; they were also noted for using purple and red silk bindings for selvedges.
At Rugs and More we carry the largest collection of Mohtasham Kashan Carpets as well as a handful of other wonderful pieces of artwork.
Investment pieces for your home are not just about adding a wonderful painting, buying a rug is just as great of an Asset #1 because they hold their Value and #2 because they are exquisite additions to any room ranging from their gorgeous palettes of color to their deeply textured weaves or both! 7 Tips to buying Antique or Vintage Carpets
But when it comes to buying a rug – whether a gorgeous Turkish kilim or a flawless Ziegler—the investment may not seem worth it. After all, a carpet does get walked on and accidents can happen. But an antique rug is a great investment, if you know what to look for! And luckily at Rugs and More, we have some pointers on what to watch out for when shopping for an antique rug:
7 Tips to buying Antique or Vintage Carpets
Look out for Frayed Edges on the carpet – these can unravel quickly. This is the area that is the most costly to repair, making frayed rugs not worth the investment.
Check out the back of the rug – it must look almost identical to the front. If it does not then it is machine made. That’s the easiest way to tell that it has been handmade
Feel for rough spots and Liston while you touch – If the rug once had a very soaked-in stain and has been dried without the proper technique, it will feel like cardboard and you will hear it crack and that means the fibers may be on their way out or even rotted, and the quality of the rug is not worth the investment.
Make sure the rug has not been painted. To verify that the rug’s dyes are not fake take a damp cloth and gently rubbing it along the rug’s surface. If any dye is transferred to the cloth, it’s best to move on.
Check the rug for signs of faux-aging – which is a technique of Acid Washing, which will leave the rug looking beige or a washed out tone – true antique rugs will uphold their colors despite its age and for hundreds of years!
Choose natural dyed rugs vs. chemical dyes – the later are harsh and often flat. The Natural dyed rugs are made from skins of pomegranates, walnuts, certain leaves, berries and even onions! These rugs will always have luster which gives more depth to their color.
Some wear and tear is okay – but it’s best to know what you’re dealing with, for example animal stains are not acceptable nor any fraying – just not worth your money. Dirt, on the other hand, is fairly easy to remove and should generally not be a deterrent.
Knowledge is important when shopping for Antique rugs! Now go to Rugs & More, with confidence to get the most for your money and make a worthy purchase that will last for generations to come
Come and see hundreds of fine rugs at Rugs & More in the Santa Barbara Design Center or give us a call today at (805) 962-2166