Large beautiful vintage Persian Heriz carpet from NW Persia in very good overall condition.
This rug was handwoven in Ahar, which is in East Azerbaijan Province of Iran. Ahar Heriz rugs are a little more curvilinear than most Heriz carpets, and they are quite dense and heavy for their size. Nobody kicks them around. (This carpet weighs 150 pounds.)
There is some minor wear on areas of the wool pile, but no holes, weak areas, or problems. There is one small 2-inch professional repair on one side (shown in a CU photo).
Natural wool woven onto natural cotton. Last photo with Morgan silver dollar shows the back of the rug.
The rug is thick and can be used in a high foot traffic area of the home.
Main colors are red, white, green, gray, several shades of blue, gold, and an olive green.
Exact size is 13 ft. 3 in. by 10 ft. 2 in. 1960s.
The Heriz or Serapi medallion design is one of the most popular in the world, and originated in the northwest of Persia. This motif favors a large central medallion and a wide elegant border.
These rugs are well known for their durability and have been popular with collectors for over a century. Natural wool woven onto natural cotton in the mountains of the Heriz Province.
This is an authentic Heriz rug from Persia. These rugs are produced in the villages scattered across the slopes of Mount Sabalan, northeast of Tabriz.
One of the alleged reasons for the toughness of Heriz carpets is that Mount Sabalan is sitting on a major deposit of copper. Trace copper in the drinking water of the sheep supposedly produces high quality wool. The copper makes the wool stronger and far more resilient than wool from other areas (so the claim goes).
Heriz rugs originate in towns such as Ahar, Heris, Mehraban, Sarab, Serapi, Bakhshaish, and Gorevan.
Please note this carpet is too heavy to ship with FedEx to a home address. I can arrange a pickup (in Bay Area) or possibly a delivery in Northern California. Contact me for details.
Please email me with questions. Thank you.
(This Heriz has been sold and is scheduled for pickup.)