Friday, June 6, 2008

My Persian Rug

I bought this rug in Dubai.  It will be a souvenir of our time living and traveling in the middle east.  It is a Bakhtiari rug, which are from the province of Chahar Mahal-and-Bakhtiari in west central Iran.  This particular rug is the Garden of Eden design, with each compartment filled with a floral design.  There is a willow tree, a cypress tree, a bush, grapevine, a vase containing flowers, a bird sitting on a branch, Heriz medallion, an all-over boteh (cluster of leaves), and the tree of life.  I had it framed because it is woven of pure silk and I didn't want to risk ruining it with a 3-year-old and 2 springer spaniels running around the house!  

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