The‰Û÷_Bakhtiari tribe, based in‰Û÷_Chahar Mahaal and Bakhtiari, is well known for their rugs and weavings.‰Û÷_They have been weaving rugs exported around the globe since the early 19th century. Bakhtiari carpets are based on a cotton foundation (warp) with a wool‰Û÷_weft‰Û÷_usually taken from the herds of the producing tribe. This leads to unique carpets that differ depending on the characteristics of each tribe's wool. The wool can range from dull to extreme glossy and the resultant pile is clipped medium to high. The sizes vary from narrow hall carpets to large room designs. The larger rugs tend to be very rare and harder to come by. Similarly older rugs, often coveted by collectors, can be extremely costly. Patterns are usually floral or garden inspired. The‰Û÷_Khesti, an established garden motif is perhaps the most well-known rug design. The carpet is divided into individual squares with animals and plants acting as symbols. Another influential design features a decorated field with lattice designs and floral ornaments.
Placing the correct size rug in your space is as important as choosing the right color or pattern. A rug that it is too small will shift the balance of the room unfavorably. A rug that is too big, especially in open floor plans, may put the area designations off. There are a few rules of thumb, but a picture says it better. Use these handy guides by Interior Designer Lisa Ferguson to make the best choice.