Central Persian Chahar Mahal, "Forty Palaces" fertile mountain area west of Isfahan.
The Bakhtiari people are more than a tribe, a nation numbering currently 9 million. Politically important today, and with a proud military history as Persian king makers, the Bakhtiari are a respected entity.
Their weaving shows confidence and dynamism: both simple geometric patterns of the nomads and curvilinear floral of the settled royalty handled with aplomb.
Garden of Persia design also known locally as Keshti, the Pattern of Boats, each boat a divine paradise, ferrying a soul across the river Styx.