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Bijar Vagireh Sampler

Bijar Vagireh Sampler

  • Number HA85

  • Material Wool

  • Style All Over

  • Type Vagireh

  • Origin Bijar

  • Size 97 x 87

  • Age 1880


This lives to its hype. Some of the most eclectic sampler rugs were from Bijar. It is unbelievable and of a type that will always have its legions of admirers.

Vagireh or ornak rugs were samplers, created to teach new weavers (usually daughters) and guide them into the design process so that they would have a template to follow. They were almost always discarded once the young weaver learnt her trade and needed the sampler no longer. Thus they are quite scarce and extremely rare. Collecting them has caused a distinct and separate class of carpet collectors to arise. Many of my regular clients are Vagireh crazy like I am.

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The idea of purchasing valuable rugs and other artwork online from an overseas seller is daunting for several reasons, not least of which is the fact that, not being able to examine and feel the rug for yourself, you are never entirely certain that the origin, age or condition of the rug corresponds with the dealer’s description. For me, I could never take this step unless I had absolute trust in the integrity of the dealer, and my recent experience with Hadi confirms that my faith in him was well placed. Every detail of the antique rug expertly explained by Hadi was accurate and when I finally received the actual rug, it turned out to be even more stunning than his photos depicted. F. Alsagoff, Singapore


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