Posted by Patrick Weiler on 09-14-2006 07:45 PM:

Bakhtiari Wagireh

Here is a Bakhtiari wagireh:

I found it at this web site:

There are many large Bakhtiari versions of Heriz-type rugs, with central medallions, but a little more floral than Heriz. This wagireh has enough of the pattern for a weaver to make the entire rug. There are a couple of minor border patterns and notice that the major border is resolved.

Patrick Weiler

Posted by R. John Howe on 09-15-2006 07:28 AM:

Hi Pat -

And this one seems quite striking to me.


R. John Howe

Posted by Patrick Weiler on 09-23-2006 12:16 AM:

Grand Finale?

Here are a few more wagireh from old Oriental Rug Review magazines:

This first one is a Serapi Sampler cataloged as NW Persian, late 19th Century from the October/November 1989 ORR. They say this:
"Samplers - vagireh in Persian - have always fascinated collectors and most collectors, whatever their collecting bent, want to have at least one in their collections."
They also note an article in the September 1982 ORR which illustrated 15 vagirehs.

This second piece is also from the October/November 1989 ORR in an article on The Markarian Album of his personal collection:

This piece is from the April/May 1992 ORR, an ad from Thomas Baker, in which he says: "This unusual wagireh, complete with original side and end finishes, is in full pile. Bijar samplers, diminutive in size and comprised of borders only, are heretofore unknown to me."
It is a mere 1'3" x 1'2". Maybe it is a Chanteh sampler???

And, finally, this piece is also Bijar from the August/September 1989 ORR in the article An Introduction to Persian Village Rugs by Donald Wilbur.

It is 5'9" x 4'2".

Gosh, now I want one for my collection, too!

Patrick Weiler

Posted by Richard Larkin on 09-23-2006 06:38 PM:


Good show on these.

Rich Larkin