This circa 1900 Persian Bidjar Vagireh Oriental Rug Sampler measures 2’3” X 3’8”. It is full pile, excellent condition and has erosion at either end. The buyer pays the shipping of $25.00
This 19th century Bidjar Wegeirah Persian carpet measures 3’8” X 4’8” (116 x 146 cm). It is a very lovely sampler. It makes no sense to describe it other than to say it’s missing about ½ of the border at the top and the bottom border is 95% there. The rug is evenly low. It’s a nice sampler on a wool foundation. It is clean and ready to go. The buyer pays the shipping with insurance of $75.00.
This circa 1910 antique Bidjar Oriental Rug measures 4’4” X 6’6”. This is a very lovely French design antique Bidjar. The roses, which are typical in this type of Bidjar, are contained in very pale sky blue wreaths throughout the field of the rug. The roses are done in dark red, dusty rose and white. They are exceedingly well drawn. One wants to reach down and pick one bringing it up to the nose and taking a sniff! The rug is encompassed with a major border of the same roses on a slightly darker blue ground. The rug is in near perfect condition. The ends and sides are complete. It is clean and ready to go. The buyer pays the shipping with insurance of $75.00.
This circa 1930 Bidjar Persian Oriental Carpet measures 8’9” X 11’10” (271 x 363 cm). It has a medium red to maroon field with a Herati design and a small ivory star on a blue pulled circle center medallion. The rug is worked in three shades of blue, tobacco, ivory and coral and a beautiful green. It has an interesting border with a scrolling design of vines and flowers on an indigo blue ground surrounded with two ivory reciprocal borders. This rug is very heavy and has a very tight weave. It is full pile and in perfect condition. It is clean and ready to go. The buyer pays the shipping with insurance of $150.
This late 19th century antique Bidjar Persian Oriental carpet measures 4’9” X 7’3” (149 x 222cm). It is a wool warped and wefted Bidjar in full pile perfect condition. There are two 2 ½ medallions with the appearance of floral wreaths running down the center of the rug. These are completely surrounded vertically and horizontally with 1/2 to 1/3 size huge flowers in several shades of blue and green. The rug is completely covered in design on the tomato red field. The major border is a chrysanthemum border in rose on a dark blue indigo ground. There are two minor borders of meandering flowers and vines. One is in medium blue and one is in ivory. The condition of this rug is like it was made yesterday. It has complete ends and sides. The buyer pays the shipping which includes insurance of $75.00.
- A blog article about the wool used in this rug: https://antiqueorientalrugs.com/2022/07/07/a-description-of-the-wool-used-in-the-construction-of-antique-rugs/
A description of the Wool used in the Construction of Antique Rugs
Most handmade antique rugs are created on a large wooden loom with a foundation of warp (north and south) and weft (east and west) threads often of cotton through which wool threads are knotted to create the pile of the rug. The wool sheared from sheep is spun and soaked in natural dyes made largely from insects, plants and water. The color concentration could vary slightly between dye lots which would sometimes result in a bit of a color change or abrash in a rug. This is normal.
There are many ways to distinguish where a rug was woven. One way is to identify the wool characteristics and how fine the yarn is which will also impact the type of foundation material used. The thicker wool from a rug woven near a mountain region would have a denser pile and a simpler perhaps geometric design. These rugs such as Bidjar rugs are woven on a stronger wool foundation.
Rugs woven nearer the cities may have a more finely spun wool which will allow for more complex designs such as vines and flowers or complex scenes often including bucolic or energetic scenes with animals and people such as is seen in Laver Kerman Rugs.
Beautifully spun very soft wool was also imported from Manchester, England. It is sheared from Merino sheep. These are some of the finest rugs made with the nicest, very finely spun soft wool. This wool was often used for fine Kashan rugs with beautiful fine intricate designs. These rugs are very soft underfoot. The Chinese were also known to import this wool and create beautiful designs.
The most expensive of all wool actually comes from a goat. This wool is known as mohair or angora. The pile rugs made using this rug mostly come from Turkey and have long silky feeling pile. It is very lustrous and dyed in pale beautiful colors and often found in Turkish Oushak rugs.
The last natural material used to weave rugs is from the camel. This is hair shed from a camel and is often used undyed and spun with sheeps wool to create a rug with a beautiful brown hue from a material that is readily available without shearing. This wool is often seen in rugs and runners from Serab and Hamadan regions of Persia.
This last ¼ 19th century antique Sarouk Persian Oriental Rug measures 13’6” X 19’3” (411 x 587 cm). This palace sized beauty absolutely has it all! The field is light red separated by what at first glance appears to be abrash, light red, abrash, light red, abrash, and light red but upon closer examination this may be a purposeful design element. The repetitions and the juxtapositions of the reds actually give the floral field motif a wavy feel of movement. I am not kidding! The floral motif in the field consists of alternating rows of rhomboids separated by a floral medallion which is very similar to the elongated pulled medallion found in Bidjar. There are three rows of complete design separated by two rows of the same design but in light blue. The rhomboids consist of a delicious old ivory color filled with a floral motif. The major border is a floral design in two shades of red with a beautiful light blue matching the field blue and connecting vines all on an indigo blue ground. This major border is flanked by three smaller reciprocal borders.
This rug has probably 99% full pile. The low areas consist of top of the knot wear. There is no foundation showing anywhere in the rug. Most of the wear is confined to the upper major border. The ends and sides are complete. It is clean and ready to go.
This is an absolutely, as far as I know, completely unique rug and it’s gigantic size is fantastic!
The buyer pays the shipping with insurance of $250.