FROM 1800 THROUGH THE 1920s
The Bakhtiari weavers produce rugs, kilims and bags for their own use as well as for commerce. The Bakhtiari make wonderful sumac bags. The best known Bakhtiari rug design is the Garden carpet with flower- and tendril-filled compartmental designs (Khesti Design). Another important Bakhtiari design consists of a decorated field with lattice designs and floral ornaments that are as distinctly executed as the well-drawn medallion carpets of Saman.There is great variety of color in the carpets produced in the several hundred villages of this area. The principal colors include many shades of white and ivory, as well as various reds, browns, greens, and yellows, but relatively little blue. Natural dyes generally produce a harmonious range of color, especially on older pieces and in Bibibaff.