OAKLAND, Calif .– (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Claremont Rug Company Founder / Chairman Jan David Winitz today announced that the third installment in his landmark series on ancient Persian Bakshaish rugs will be released on July 16 on the Gallery’s website (www .clarremontrug.com).
“Academic and historical research, supported by my interviews with families of weaving groups, provides insight into the culture and social structure that has rarely been written down and only in the form of brief mentions,” he said. . The full three-part article is available free of charge on the Museum’s website.
The finest antique Bakshaish rugs from the second golden age of Persian weaving (c.1800 to c.1910) are a connoisseur’s delight, featuring truly original patterns, unusual movement and design asymmetry, as well as richness and maturity. of color obtained by the masterful use of natural dyes. They transcend the decorative to become real works of art unique in the world.
Winitz, author of “The Guide to Purchasing an Oriental Rug” (Breema Press, 1985), pointed out that Wikipedia devotes only two short paragraphs to Bakshaish rugs and that Murray Eiland and Ian Bennett, who are considered to be the eminent scholars / authors when it comes to oriental rugs, spend “very little time” on Bakshaish.
The city on the banks of the Talke Rud River in northwestern Persia is located in the mountainous region 60 miles east of the large city of Tabriz. Bakshaish is the oldest carpet-weaving village in the Persian Azerbaijan region, known for its rugs with highly artistic and extremely diverse abstract adaptations of centuries-old tribal and classical Persian patterns. The finest antique Bakshaish are generally larger rugs (8 × 11 to 13 × 17) with a geometric and folkloric character that is mostly found in small tribal rugs.
“From my early years and as a skilled educator, ancient rugs, especially those woven by the Bakshaish tribes, fascinated me,” he said. “While not all rugs in this region are of the elite level, the best examples still in existence are impressive and highly coveted artifacts of a culture and style of weaving less well known than other regions.”
Winitz estimates that he has sold over 1,000 elite-level Bakshaish rugs (also spelled Bakhshayesh) over the years. “We only sell high collection and connoisseur level Bakshaish rugs,” he said. The gallery has created an exclusive Antique Carpet Pyramid © which divides the carpets into six levels, from level 1 to level 6. The rugs at the top of the pyramid (level 1) are mainly owned by royal families and in museums. Level 2 (High Collectible) and Level 3 (Connoisseur) are the most coveted by collectors but rarely available. “The vast majority of our Bakshaish inventory is made up of level 2 and 3 parts,” he said.
Bakshaish rugs available at the Gallery range from $ 30,000 to $ 200,000. The entire Claremont inventory includes more than 2,500 carpets.