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Bidjar (Bijar)



Bidjar is the name of a village in the Persian Kurdistan, which is to the west of the country. Bidjar is another of the most celebrated names in the world of oriental carpets. Weaving by the Kurds in the town and surrounding villages during the 19th and early 20th Centuries was of the highest quality, and the techniques of hammering down the wefts of the carpets resulted in production of the most durable Persian rugs and carpets. The older carpets were made on a woolen foundation, and Turkish knots were used with very high quality wool. The knot count was not of the highest, and the pile was relatively long, making Bidjar carpets to be heavier than average Persian carpets.