The Bakhtiari or Bakhtiari or Baktiarita ethnic group is a group originating in southern Iran, speaking a lori dialect and in which a small percentage still dedicate themselves to nomadic herding, transhumating from their summer settlements (ييلاق, yeylāq) and winter (قشلاق, qeshlāq). Estimates of their total number vary widely. The Bakhtiari tribes inhabit the provinces of Lorestan, Khuzestan, Chahar Mahal and Bakhtiari, and Isfahan, but are mainly concentrated in the eastern part of Khuzestan, and are Shiite Muslims.
Bakhtiar carpets are made of strong and sturdy wool. Because the carpets – named after the nomads of the Bakhtiari tribe, who live in the Sagros mountains near the city of Isfahan – are among the most robust of all Persian carpets. They are knotted from thick wool, which reduces their deterioration. It is not as fine and soft as the cork wool of other Persian carpets, but it has a clear advantage in its resistance to everyday stress.
Material: 100% hand-spun sheep wool
Size: 135×100 cms
Origin: Bakhtiari tribe, Iran
Date of weaving: 1960s
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