Taher Asad-Bakhtiari | Bernhardt Design
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The current series of textiles are based on the Bakhtiari tribe’s aesthetics of nomadism and lifestyle. Nomads create their entire life with their livestock, which creates their economy. They weave for different purposes: making carpets, tent-coverings, blankets, salt-bags, horse saddles, cushions, beddings, drapes, clothing and much more. In this series, the essence of Bakhtiari textiles —raw, naturally-dyed, and textured— have been given a modern feel. . I wanted the textures to look hand-woven and naturally-colored.


“Hendese” (lit. ‘geometry’) is inspired by the geometrical shapes the Bakhtiari weavers weave in Gabbeh, Kilim, and some needlework

“Ashayer” (lit. ‘nomads’) is based on the Bakhtiari-style fabric for men’s jackets.

“Baft” (lit. ‘texture’, ‘weaving’) is meant to induce a modern feel to the tribal weaves.

“Jawaher” (lit. ‘jewel’) represents the metallic objects the Bakhtiaris and many other Iranian tribes use on their clothing and decoration.

“Babayee” (lit. ‘sheep’) has the look of sheep-wool, while trying to present an updated and technically-perfected version of a similar weave done by the Bakhtiari tribe.

Finally, “Kavir” (lit. ‘desert’) has a woolen look, but rather than dying the thread, the fabric is dyed in its entirety, to feel like the surface of the desert.