Some of the most respected of the Heriz tribal rugs are the Serapi rugs. They command attention and have a definite presence of art history. This late 19th Century Persian talks immense history.
With beautiful wear, it shows off it's age and character. It's geometric design features a bold and beautiful center medallion with an exquisite coral color. In the borders, you see natural dyes changing in shades of blue, and a rust/brick field framed by stunning ivory quarter panels. This rug breaths history. We love the abrash evident in the rug (the various shades of the vegetable dyed wool).
Perhaps the favorite part of this rug is what our eyes are immediately drawn to...the 4 elaborate motif/medallions surrounding the central medallion. These decorative marks make the Serapi even more distinct as we have never had a rug woven with this art before.
It is low pile, has beautiful wear, congruent to age, but is in really good shape and has generations to go as Persian rugs are forever! Please see pics for a good look at the condition and worn spots.
Persian Serapi Heriz - Low Pile
Hand Knotted with vegetable dyed wool from the 1880s
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:: Heriz rugs are known for their outstanding durability. Coined "the Iron Rug of Persia," Heriz rugs were produced in the Northwest corner of Persia, on and around Mount Sabalan. One reason for the toughness of Heriz carpets is that Mount Sabalan sits on a major deposit of copper. Trace copper in the drinking water of sheep produces the most desired wool for rug weaving because it makes wool that is stronger and more resilient than wool from most other areas. It is said that many Heriz rug designs are woven from memory, with intricate designs passed on through generations of artisans.