One of the great things about dealing in oriental rugs is that just when you think you have seen it all, something fresh and new pops up: like this powerful and archaic sofreh presumably made by the Bakhtiari people of southwestern Iran. “Presumably” because comparative pieces are not known.
It has an all-wool construction kelim weave to the centre with some knotted details and pile around the outside. The wonderfully saturated natural dyes and crisp drawing of the tree-like motifs combine to create a stunning effect. This piece would work well in an ultra-modern interior providing a colourful focal point. A rare piece of true, tribal textile art
Bakhtiari mixed technique sofreh, Southwest Iran
Owned by Andy Lloyd, Haliden Carpets UK
Age: circa 1900
Format: 116 x 107 cm (approx. 3‘ 10“ x 3‘ 6“)
Condition: ecxellent, no repairs