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Repair of Bakhtiari rug-continue

Now let’s go back to the repair. Bakhtiari rugs  mostly have coarse weave texture like other tribal rugs in general. They usually have single weft. In short wefts are threads that are placed on top of each row of weave when the rug is being woven on a loom. They are pressed and locked in place by a heavy metal comb.  Some rugs have single weft, some double, and to lesser amount some with 3 or 4 wefts. Wefts can be cotton, wool, silk. White or colored.  Wefts in Bakhtiaris are usually blue. You remember that Bakhtiaris are tribal population. They use natural elements. So wool and material used in weaving original Bakhtiari rugs are dyed using  vegetable dyes. Wool is obtained from the sheep herd they own. We will in other posts talk about types of weave,warp, weft, etc. So keep in touch.

Anyway this Bakhtiari had a very fine weave, rare to see in Bakhtiari rug. I can say it was as fine as medium to high density Tabriz rug.  The damage was caused by water leak from a plant pot. Other than this the rest of rug was in good shape. What you see here is that damaged section after trimming those rotten and loose section. I had to trim it back to get to stable and firm margins. The damaged area was relatively large. This was a 10 x 13ft rug and the border was a wide border. If you click on the picture, you’ll see more details. Look at the top where fringe and salvage is. You can notice the fineness of weave.

Repair of old Persian Bakhtiari rug

This rug repair project is from sometimes ago. I decided to post it now till I have a rug at hand for repair. This rug repair was performed on a Persian Bakhtiari rug. As you may know Persian rugs are mostly named after the name of the city, village, tribe, or person, that they are woven in/by. I have here some brief information about Bakhtiari tribe for you. Bakhtiari  actually is name of a famous and big tribe in south center Iran (former Persia).  They belong to Lur race.

The Bakhtiari tribe, which numbers more than 800,000, inhabits an area of approximately 67,000 sq. km (25,000 sq. mi) that straddles the central Zagros Mountains in Iran. Although only about a third of the tribe is nomadic (the rest are settled agriculturists), the nomads embody the Bakhtiari cultural ideals. They specialize in producing meat and dairy products and migrate seasonally with their sheep, cattle, or goat herds from high plateau pastures, where they spend the summer, west of the city of Esfahan, to lowland plains in the province of Khuzistan for winter herd grazing. Their migration is among the most spectacular known among nomadic paternalists anywhere. They are obliged to cross mountain passes at about 3,050 m (10,000 ft) and therefore have to time their movement with extreme care in order to minimize the danger of early snowfall, flooding mountain rivers, and lack of grazing. Traditionally these dangers took a heavy toll, but in recent years the government has helped the migration by building bridges, improving the route, and setting up fodder supplies en route.

The Bakhtiari’s are the largest and most purely Iranian of all the Persian tribes. They belong to the Lur race and their language is closely related to the oldest known forms of Persian. The annual Bakhtiari migration in April from their Garmsir, or winter quarters in Khuszistan, to their Sardsir, or summer pastures in the Chahar Mahal region of the plateau south/west of Esfahan, takes from four to six weeks. It is an epic of human courage and endurance in which men, women and children of all ages, with their animals and household goods, travel by five different migrations routes across some of the wildest and most difficult mountain country in Persia in their search for grass.

Some pictures from Bakhtiari tribe and some Bakhtiari rug samples:

Will continue with the actual Bakhtiari repair in the next post, keep in touch!