Bakhtiari is a cheerful tribal name, with associations going back to wealthy oil patrons in the Zagros mountains. Known as 'bearers of good luck', they are considered to be descended from Cyrus the Great. They are nomadic, moving their sheep from high ground to lower slopes of Chahar Mahal, depending on the severity of the Winter. It is a tough life, reflected in the drama of their rugs. Of course, smaller rugs made on horizontal looms for ease of movement, they have bright colours and vibrant floral detail. It is said that their remarkable music inspired the composer Borodin.