Large Bold Persian Medallion Heriz Rug — 9 ft. 8 in. by 6 ft. 5 in. — $789

 

 

 

 

 

Gorgeous old Persian Heriz carpet from NW Iran. This rug is out of a European estate. Almost no signs of wear and overall condition is excellent. Even the white cotton fringe, often the first part of a rug to show issues, is in superb condition.

These are rugged rugs and very resilient to wear.  Last photo, with Morgan silver dollar, shows the back of the rug.

Stunning art for your floor!

The Heriz or Serapi medallion design is one of the most popular in the world, and originated in the northwest of Iran. This motif favors a large central medallion and a wide border. This one displays a rich mix of colors including crimson, orange gold, blue, ivory and olive. 1960s. Exact size is 9 ft. 8in. by 6 ft. 5 in., which is an excellent size for most living and dining rooms.

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 Iran — not a knockoff from India of dubious quality. (Very common now — especially with the embargo against Iran.)  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 explanation goes). Heriz rugs originate in towns such as Ahar, Heris, Mehraban, Sarab, Serapi, Bakhshaish, and Gorevan.

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SOLD — Large Persian Medallion Sarouk Rug — 13 ft. by 9 ft. 6 in. — $699

 

Large traditional floral Persian Sarouk carpet from central Iran. Natural wool woven onto natural cotton. Very tightly knotted weave so the rug is heavy and dense, and it can be used in a high foot traffic area, including under a dining room table.

Condition is good with some minor wear across the pile. Fringes and side cords are in excellent condition. There are a couple of small nicks in the wool pile about the size of a nickel. I am providing closeup photos (with coin) to indicate size. The structure is intact so there are no holes or weak spots; these are strictly cosmetic flaws, which could be re-piled. As they are hardly noticeable without nose on the rug, they don’t warrant concern.

The dyes are of a high quality and not overbearing. Fairly muted red with balanced blues, ivory, tans, and green rounding out the color palette.

Mahal, Mashad, Kashan, Tabriz, Isfahan, Kashmar are all cities in Iran that all produce a version of this intricate medallion rug. This one is a Sarouk from the late 1940s – 1950s. This rug is guaranteed to be Persian, it is not a copy from Pakistan, India or China, etc.

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SOLD — Turkoman Large Tent Rug — 9 ft. 9 in. by 6 ft. 3 in. — $479

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Beautiful old vintage Turkoman main rug in good overall condition. Some minor wear in a few small areas but no holes or structural problems. No stains. Unusual lovely blues mixed in with the traditional Turkoman madder reds.

Wool on cotton warp. Typically, the weavers use all wool but cotton structure allows for a finer weave, and tends to maintain shape a bit better over the decades. This carpet was skillfully woven, the wool kept short to show off the wonderful Bukhara gul design.

The rug has been professionally washed–it is clean and ready to use. Soft supple wool.

This rug was woven in Afghanistan or Turkmenistan. 1960s. The size is 9 ft. 9 in. by 6 ft. 3 in. Not necessarily a good choice for a heavy foot traffic area or under a table. Moderate foot traffic is a better option.

Turkoman rugs are typically a nomadic textile made by tribes in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, and northeastern Iran. These tribes include the Salor, Saryk, Tekke, Youmut, Arabchi, Chodor, and Ersari tribes. These rugs tend to have a background that is red or redish-brown in color, and the motif is usually geometric.

Most Turkoman rugs feature the octagonal gul –either as large medallions or in a repeating array.

Gul is an old Persian word for flower or rose, and also appears in Turkish. Traditionally, distinctive guls indicated individual tribal affiliations.

The price of this rug is $479. Shipping is $47 or free with local pickup.

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Large Persian Tabriz with Mahi Motif and Magenta Diamond — 11 ft. by 8 ft. — $949

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Striking Persian carpet from Tabriz in northern Iran. Fabulous condition!

The field design surrounding the central ivory medallion is a form of the intricate Herati arabesque that decorates many rugs in the Middle East. In the Tabriz area it is also known as a ‘mahi’ design–or fish–because the details in the pattern look like a school of fish flashing by.

I have had a few of these mahi Tabriz carpets over the years but they were typically pretty worn. This one is in fantastic condition with only the slightest hint of wear in a couple of tiny spots inside the amazing magenta diamond. The fringes are in absolutely pristine condition on both ends; white and unworn. Long cotton fringes often get nicked up and soiled in the life of a handmade carpet.

This is an amazing motif, in my opinion, with its combination of field details, its central floral medallion, and its elegant wide borders–all enfolded by a magenta geometric diamond that jets across the rug like a lightening bolt.

The motif is sometimes copied in Pakistani rug workshops; however, they tend to work with a completely different color and dye palette, and also employ different weaving techniques. Because of this, distinguishing the Persian Tabriz carpets from their Pakistani imitators is typically straightforward.

Exact size is 11 ft. 1 in. by 7 ft. 9 in. A vintage rug from around the 1970s but in spectacular condition. There is some lively abrash (variegation in dye colors) in the dark indigo blues of the borders. The rug displays a mix of natural and quality synthetic dyes. The blues and some of the accent colors are natural while the neon magenta and orange colors cannot be duplicated with vegetable or natural dyes.

Price of this Tabriz carpet is $949.

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SOLD — Signed Persian Sabzevar Rug — 11 ft. 5 in. by 8 ft. 3 in. — $829

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Persian handmade traditional carpet from Sabzevar, Iran. Sabzevar is in the Khorasan (also Khurasan) region of Persia, located in the northeast. The name means ‘rising sun’. The carpets are similar to those from Mashad, which is about 220 kilometers to the east.

The condition is good with some pile wear on a few areas around the center (the most noteworthy area is shown in photo 3, in some of the red). The wear is minor and merely cosmetic, and there are no holes or weak spots. Rug remains very rugged and ready to use, including in a high foot traffic area of the living room or under the dining room table.

This rug is out of a European estate, and has been professionally washed. The fringe and the entire rug has really brightened up with the wash, and the rug needs absolutely nothing to roll out on the floor. With only minor wear this lovely floral Sabzevar had many decades of life left in it.

Sabzevar weavers like to work in plush reds and purples, and this rug is very representative of their finest art.

This is the kind of motif — a large medallion, elegant corner vases, an arabesque of swirling and twisting plumes and flowers — that most people have in mind when they think of a Persian carpet. Signed by the master weaver on one end, shown in penultimate photo. Last photo, with coin, is the back of the rug. 1950s.

Exact size is 11 ft. 5 in by 8 ft. 3 in. The price of the rug is $829.

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Bakhtiar ‘Space Alien’ Tribal Rug — 9 ft. 1 in. by 4 ft. 6 in. — $599

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Awesome geometric hooked medallion rug with strange humanoid figures. Based on dyes and weave, this is a Persian village Bakhtiari or possibly Luri rug. The motif is not a common one for the Bakhtiari as they tend to weave Heriz style medallion or floral garden type rugs for the most part. This would be a more common design around Shiraz and the Qashqai weavers of the Zagros Mountains.

If Swiss author Erich von Daniken had come across these mysterious humanoids on a rug (second photo), he might have claimed them as evidence of alien visitations to the Middle East in his book Chariots of the Gods. All kidding aside, they are odd little figures but very traditional. The same figures appear occasionally on hundred year old Malayer and Hamadan rugs. (Even more proof they must be aliens–they only have 2 or 3 fingers on each hand!)

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Condition is generally very good with some minor wear on the pile. No repairs, weak spots, or odors.

Short natural wool pile woven onto cotton warp. 1960s. Rug could be used in a high foot traffic area of your home or office. Out of my personal collection. Size is 9 ft. 1 in. by 4 ft. 6 in.

Mind boggling cosmic space alien art for your floor!

Price is $599. Shipping is $43. Or free local pickup.

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Vivid and Intricate Vintage Turkish Hereke Rug — 8 ft. 2 in. by 4 ft. 8 in. — $679

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Fabulous old Turkish Hereke rug from an estate. Wonderful condition. It was a bit gray with normal soiling so I had it professionally washed. Came out beautifully with vibrant colors and white fringes. Fringes are in perfect condition — and long fringes often wear down first. The size is 8 ft. 2 in. by 4 ft. 8 in. (that measurement includes fringes).

Extremely intricate and balanced, with precise weaving. 1960s.

Hereke, near Izmit Bay in Turkey, is considered one of the finest rug making centers in the world. (Many would argue it has been the pinnacle of elite rug creation over the last century and a half.) The Emperor Sultan Abdulmecid I established the Hereke Imperial Factory in 1843 to produce carpets and fabrics exclusively for the Ottoman Court. Hereke designs were inspired by the motifs of traditional Turkish carpets as well as the more elaborate curvilinear compositions of Persia and Mameluke Egypt.

During the late 19th and early 20th century, Hereke weavers produced their enchanting masterpieces exclusively for the aristocracy of the Ottoman Empire as well as visiting dignitaries and heads of state. Hereke hand knotted carpets, many made from silk, were presented as gifts to the royal families of Japan, Russia, Germany and England. As Hereke carpets gained acclaim throughout Europe, demand steadily increased . Eventually, toward the end of the 1800s, production increased to a point where Hereke carpets became available in the markets of Istanbul.

The founding of the Turkish Republic in 1923 interrupted Hereke carpet production. The new Turkish leaders, spurning the perceived decadence of the Ottoman aristocracy, considered luxury carpets as frivolous for building a modern nation. The Hereke carpet industry declined from 1923 through the end of the Second World War. The early 1950s, however, became a renaissance for Hereke rug production. Master weavers resumed the craft, and looms were set up in the homes of local villagers who wove carpets on contract. Today Hereke continues creating exquisite handmade wool and silk rugs for discerning collectors worldwide.

Price is $679. Shipping is $42 within continental U.S. Free pickup in the Bay Area or Monterey.

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(HK0001 O80)

1920s Antique Persian Sarouk Rug — 12 ft. by 9 ft. $2,795

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Gorgeous antique 1920s-1930s ‘American’ Sarouk rug from Iran. The rug is in remarkably good condition for its age. Overall, one of the best of this era that I’ve encountered. The ends and side cords are original! These rugs are highly prized by carpet collectors. Exact size is 12 ft. 1 in. by 9 ft. Natural wool pile on cotton warp.

Pile wear is minimal but with some scattered cotton knot heads (white dots). On one end the cotton kilim style ending is in fantastic condition; the other cotton fringe has a little fraying in spots but NO LOSS to the pile on either end of the rug. No repairs that I can find — front or back. Other than modest wear, the rug has amazingly few flaws. The side cord is slightly pushed under near one end. Possibly it was pressed up against a piece of furniture for decades. It is not noticeable and ridiculously minor but there is so little wrong with this rug that I have to think of something.

Although the rug is very clean, this price includes a free hand-washing if desired (turnaround time is about 10 days to 2 weeks for washing). The scattered white knot heads can also be touched up so they disappear upon request. Many rug galleries do these touch ups automatically on antique rugs but this rug has never had it done.

The rug remains amazingly solid and is suitable for a high foot traffic area. But perhaps it deserves a little pampering? The rug is absolutely guaranteed to be an authentic Persian Sarouk from 1920s to 1930s.

Yes, you can return it if you are not totally thrilled but I ask the buyer to handle the shipping cost (roughly $60).

Blue wefts (visible from the back) — one of the hallmarks of authentic antique Sarouk rugs. The rug’s primary color is a variegated deep rich rosy red with additions of blue, olive, and green.

Huge Handmade Tibetan Rug 13 ft. by 10 ft. — $795

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Huge handmade Tibetan rug. Thick wool on cotton. Original retail price tag still attached — $7500.

Exact size is 13 ft. 2 in. by 10 ft. Photo with coin is the back of the rug. The wrinkles are only from the rug being rolled up after washing and will come out easily once the rug is spread out on a floor and walked on.

Very heavy and thick. Rug weighs over a 100 pounds. Neutral colors. Natural wool (sheep – yak) woven onto natural cotton. No wear. This is a rug that can handle heavy foot traffic and last for many decades. No synthetic materials, no outgassing such as happens with manufactured carpeting. Perfect for children and infants.

The rug was in storage for a number of years and needed the dust washed out. It was professionally hand-washed by Artisan Fine Rug Care in Santa Cruz.

The price is $795.

Free local pickup in the Bay Area or Monterey area. I have a storage unit near the Oakland airport where it would be easy to view and pickup the rug.

I can ship it but weighs over a hundred pounds so probably around $125 to ship. I will have to add shipping costs depending on your location if you need it shipped.

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Large ‘Seljuk’ Turkish Rug — 12 ft 7 in. by 8 ft. 6 in. — $779

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Large fantastic Turkish rug woven with 100% natural ‘kork’ wool. Excellent condition with no signs of wear anywhere. Wool retains its high lanolin content; the colors are bold but softer than they appear in the photos. Red field is more of a coral than a crimson. Long fringes are in perfect condition. The size is 12 ft. 7 in. (including the fringe) and 8 ft. 6 in. wide. About 12 ft. in length without the fringe.

Styled after ancient Seljuk carpets. There is also a town near Ephesus named Seljuk. (Also spelled Seljuq and in Turkish Selcuk –with a ch sound.) The Seljuk dynasty was one of the great formative civilizations of Anatolia.

“The Anatolian Seljuks were the founders of the first true Turkish state in Asia Minor. The Seljuks of Anatolia were responsible for one of the richest and most inventive periods in Turkish culture. They ruled over most of Turkey for almost two centuries, between the 11-13th centuries, from their capital in Konya. During that time, their refined, enlightened culture flourished throughout most of Turkey.”

The rug is soft and fairly thick. It came out of a high end rug gallery collection but has been in storage for the last 15 years or so. Fabulous art for the floor!

This rug is on sale for $779. Free pickup is an option in the San Francisco Bay Area — including Oakland and Berkeley — or Monterey. Within the continental U.S., shipping will be $99.

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(Ty0050 O120)

SOLD — Large Turkish Kayseri Rug — 12 ft. 4 in. by 8 ft. 6 in. — $649

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Highly detailed and finely woven vintage Kayseri rug from central Anatolia. Very good condition with a small repair on the side cord. Very little wear on the wool pile. Muted soft colors including brown, sage, blue, ivory and a few tiny accents of red.

The long cotton long fringe is original but shows little signs of wear. A little bit of light brown in a few spots on the fringe from slight dye diffusion when the rug was suspended for drying.

This is an estate rug that has been professionally washed. Enchanting art for your floor!

With its elegant interwoven design and muted colors, this large carpet would complement a range of styles from traditional and modern, to mid-century modern, Art Deco and Art Nouveau. Exact size is 12 ft. 4 in. by 8 ft. 6 in. — and that includes the longish fringe.

The Kayseri area is widely heralded for producing many of the finest handmade rugs in Anatolia and the world. 1960s – 1970s. In the book Contemporary Hand Made Turkish Carpets by Ugur Ayyildiz (1983), you can see a rug with an almost identical motif on page 41. In Turkey large rugs such as this one are known as Taban (over 6 square meters in size).

Price is $649 plus $69 for shipping. Free pickup is an option. Also, shipping may be less if you live close by.

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Gorgeous Turkish Kayseri Prayer Rug — 6 ft. 6 in. by 4 ft. — $365

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Highly detailed and finely woven vintage Kayseri rug from Anatolia. Excellent condition. Although not heavy, it is well crafted and could be used in a high foot traffic area. A simple non slip mesh pad might be needed on slippery wood or tile floors.

The rug is ready for many additional decades of use. Natural wool on cotton warp. This carpet was just professionally washed and is ready for your home. Fantastic subtle dyes and colors. Traditional prayer rug motif with mosque mihrab and Ottoman style lamp, enclosed by a sinuous arabesque design.

With its elegant motif and muted colors, it would complement a range of styles from traditional and modern, to mid-century modern, Art Deco and Art Nouveau. Exact size is 6 ft. 6 in. by 4 ft. — and that includes the longish fringe.

Kayseri is widely heralded for producing many of the finest handmade rugs in Anatolia and the world. 1960s.

The price is $365. Shipping is $43 within continental U.S.

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