Magnificence is a consequence of an object's intellectual and physical attraction. The rug here glows with both qualities.
The unknown weaver, probably one who never had literal training, created this marvellous piece in the early 20th century in central Persia. Her talent in putting together colours in the most extraordinary fashion is remarkable. So is the weavers' ability to transform a traditional pattern that she had inherited from her ancestors into something new. She has depicted symbolic elements in a fascinating format, most notably in the beautiful border and the elegant medallion. The cypress tree and weeping willow have symbolic significance in folkloric songs and ancient literature. Lovers in these songs always liken the physic of their beloved to the first; tall, beautiful and eternally young, and her beautiful hairs to the latter; long, delicate, and gracefully singing with a breeze. Two pendants in the shape of stylized birds with open wings are guarding this rug's impressive medallion. Such medallions are meant to be the very centre of the universe as a claim by the weaver that her tent is the most important place on earth.
The Bakhtiari tribes are sheepherders, and off their sheep comes the wool that the families hand-spin into yarn for their rugs, as the one here. They then dye the yarn with vegetable pigments, such as madder used for the field of this carpet, and natural materials that they gather while moving from one pasture to another.
Bakhtiar was one of the most prominent nomads whose territory covered centre and midwest Persia around the month Zard Kuh.