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Bakshaish Carpets

These rugs fit into my Persian Rugs the O'Connell Guides section and are grouped with rugs woven in a particular style and time frame in the Heriz area.

The Heriz Rug producing area has gone through a number of name changes over the years. At one point the region was known as the Khanate of Serab. After that the region was called Bakshaish. It is possible that the town of Bakshaish was the administrative center of the District. It is also possible that the district and the region takes it name from a person or group of people.

Heinrich Jacoby the great German Rug Expert wrote in 1949 that Heriz rugs and Bakshaish rugs could be distinguished from similar rugs elsewhere in Persia by their "soft coloring" which he attributed to the local water. It is virtually certain that the coloration is influenced by the copper in the ground water in the greater Heriz region. Jacoby also mentioned that Gorevans and Bakshaish carpets were coarser than Heriz rugs and that they had large wefts almost the size of the warps but Heriz used thick warps with much thinner wefts. 

Antique Bakshaish Sampler Persian Rug from Nazmiyal

Antique Bakshaish Sampler Persian Rug from Nazmiyal

Please see Guide to Bakhshaish Rugs and Carpets, Oriental Rugs Persian Rugs Blogs, and Persian Rugs on Squidoo

Antique BAKSHAISH RUNNER NORTHWEST PERSIA, CIRCA 1900

Antique BAKSHAISH CARPET NORTH WEST PERSIA, CIRCA 1890

Antique BAKSHAISH CARPET NORTHWEST PERSIA, LAST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

Antique BAKSHAISH CARPET NORTHWEST PERSIA, CIRCA 1880

Antique BAKSHAISH CARPET NORTHWEST PERSIA, LAST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

Antique BAKSHAISH CARPET NORTHWEST PERSIA, LAST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

Antique massive Bakshaish carpet, North-West Persia

Antique BAKSHAISH RUNNER NORTHWEST PERSIA, CIRCA 1875

Antique BAKSHAISH CARPET NORTHWEST PERSIA, CIRCA 1875

Antique BAKSHAISH RUG NORTHWEST PERSIA, LAST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

Antique BAKSHAISH CARPET NORTH WEST PERSIA

Bakhshaish Rug

Bakhshaish Rugs: Bakshaish Rug circa 1800 Sotheby's Lot 106

Note on Color - In this rug we see the soft colors that we expect with trace copper in the water. The reds are subdued but the greens come out great. This rug with the same dyes but using the water of the Caucasus would look very different.

Bakshaish Carpets

Turkish Knots depressed wefts

Turkish Knot, Pulled Right, Depressed Warps

Structure: Depressed symmetrical knot pulled right. Knot counts can range from 25 to 100.

Following Heinrich Jacoby, Gorevans and Bakshaish carpets were coarser than Heriz and that they had large wefts almost the size of the warps but Heriz used thick warps with much thinner wefts. Heinrich Jacoby


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