Oriental Rug Blog

Traditional Bidjar Oriental Rugs

Authentic BIDJARS are woven in Persian Kurdistan, a mountainous undeveloped province of IRAN inhabited largely by KURDS of various tribal groups.   Kurdish Bidjar rug with red border and medallions on a blue backgroundLiving a rural lifestyle in a remote area they have had little communication with the central government.  The fact that they speak a different language and are devout practitioners of the SUNNI branch of Islam rather than the SHIA branch prevalent throughout Iran has further isolated them.  These important factors have made Kurdistan almost like a separate country within the country and impeded development. An interesting effect of these socio-economic issues is that BIDJAR rugs have always had an extremely favorable quality to value/price ratio compared to any other Oriental rugs.  Noteworthy is the fact that Bidjars have a truly unique construction unlike any rug woven in IRAN or the Middle East.  The wefts (the thread that runs across the width of the rug,) are literally hammered down and produce a very tough, dense and finely woven carpet which has been dubbed “The Iron Rug of The East.”

BIDJAR designs and colors have not been affected by Western design or decorating influences. As such, they preserve a rich cultural heritage with a special place in the Oriental rug world.

Our collection includes rugs and carpets from the most important weaving villages of Helvai and Tekab.  The BIDJARS on the site are a just a sample of the rugs found in our showroom.  Bidjar rugs are a personal favorite and you will be amazed that we sell rugs of such beauty and pedigree for such unbeatable prices.

George Grillo

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