SOLD — Large Grand Persian Medallion Heriz Rug — 11 ft. 5 in. by 8 ft. $969

 

 

Gorgeous old Persian Heriz carpet from NW Iran. This rug came out of a European estate.

Because it was dusty, I had it professionally washed soon after snapping the photos. Colors are perhaps a little brighter after the wash but no real changes –other than it is clean and dust free. The fringes are also a little whiter although they were not bleached. (Bleaching weakens the cotton and causes long term problems.)

Some scattered minor wear (penultimate photo) but overall condition is very good. Some minimal abrash (color variegation) in the reds and blues, which lends the carpet a painterly effect. (The faint line crossing the rug in the 3 wide shots is a shadow from an overhead cable.) These artistic and traditional Persian Heriz rugs are rugged and very resilient to wear.

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 reds, indigo blue, light blue, ivory, gold and olive. 1940s – 1950s. Exact size is 11 ft. 5 in. by 7 ft. 11 in., which is an ideal size for most large 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 claim goes). Heriz rugs originate in towns such as Ahar, Heris, Mehraban, Sarab, Serapi, Bakhshaish, and Gorevan.

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The price is $969. Shipping is $69 within the U.S. — or free local pickup.

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(HE0093     O283)

Fantastic Qashqai Leopard — Cheetah Rug — 6 ft. 5 in. by 3 ft. 4 in. –$729

 

 

Wonderful condition with almost no signs of wear. Dramatic stalking gold feline on red field. Stylized flowers surround the leopard or cheetah, all framed with tan corners and black and ivory border.

Some abrash (color variegation from different dye batches) in the red field, with which the weaver creates an artistic painterly effect. A small dye diffusion, barely noticeable, from an earlier wash, is the only flaw.

Large wild cats are a traditional Qashqai motif but they almost always depict lions. In regards to condition, quality, artistic detail, this carpet is exceptional. (Out of my personal collection.)

Woven by the Qashqai tribe in the Zagros Mountains of southwest Iran. 1960s — 1970s. 100% wool. The size is  6 ft. 5 in. by 3 ft. 4 in.

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Price is $729. Shipping is $43 within the U.S.

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(Q0084       O50)

Large Turkish Taspinar Rug — 11 ft. 9 in. by 6 ft. — $549

 

Mesmerizing large Turkish rug from Taspinar in central Anatolia. Strong bold colors with very fine detail and elegant weaving. This is a large and dramatic size for this style of rug, which are often woven as a wedding dowry or as an important family centerpiece.

Taspinar is located in central Turkey just south of the world famous region of Cappadocia– one of Turkey’s most touted tourist destinations. It is also located fairly close to Konya, which has been a source of illustrious Turkish carpets for several centuries.

This area in Anatolia produces a high quality wool with a silky feel. The rich lanolin in the wool is what makes the rug feel as if it was woven from silk. 100% natural wool. The design combines bold geometric elements with displays of plants and foliage.

Good condition with some normal wear in areas. Some spots of reddish dye diffusion, mainly on one end (photo 2). Because of the dramatic colors, primarily crimson and deep blue, the diffusion smudges are hardly noticeable. 1950s.

A fairly supple weave so not ideal for a super high foot traffic area without a simple mesh pad to help keep it in place on slippery tile or hardwood.

11 ft. 9 in. by 6 ft. Please email me with questions or to arrange a purchase. You can also buy it right now in the Shop.

The rug is $549. Shipping is $55 or free local pickup.

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(TP0001 O23)

Stunning Kazak Rug — Green, Magenta & Blue — 8 ft. 9 in. by 6 ft. 3 in. $749

 

Mesmerizing old vintage rug with blue and mint medallions on a red magenta field.

Possibly too bold for some–but the colors are really electrifying if you want to enliven a living space. Colors approach a psychedelic intensity.

Very good condition with even minor wear to the pile. Pile was clipped short by the weaver to show off the triple medallion Kazak motif and prominent floral borders. 100% natural wool. 1960s. Most likely from Karabakh (also Karabagh) region or Soviet Dagestan. Or possibly eastern Anatolia.

This is a rug that would make a statement in any room although not a perfect match for a paisley sofa and floral wallpaper. And not for the faint of heart. Exact size is 8 ft. 9 in. by 6 ft. 3 in.

Price is $749. Shipping is $43 or free pickup is a possible option.

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(TZ0008      N19)

Vivid Qashqai Tribal Rug with Horse Head Motifs — 8 ft. 8 in. by 5 ft. 5 in. — $769

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Electrifying tribal rug from the Zagros Mountains of southwest Iran. This one showcases the boldest and most vibrant color palette possible in a handmade textile. One end is slightly curved upward in the photos because the rug was rolled up in storage, but this will flatten out as soon as it is walked on.

Very heavy rugged wool rug that is almost like a plank in its solidity. Could be used in a high foot traffic area of the home.

Fantastic geometric design with many intricate details. Traditional Qashqai medallions with tree of life motifs, and multiple icons arrayed across the entire carpet. Ivory, crimson, orange, green, and black are the primary colors. Classic Qashqai barber pole side cords.

The four ivory horse heads were inspired by the ancient statues at the ruins of Persepolis (closeup in fifth photo). Qashqai nomads often grazed their sheep near the site of the city, and incorporated its art into the iconography of their wool rugs.  100% natural wool. 1950s. Out of my personal collection.

Good condition with scattered wear and a few small repairs. A small 2-inch rather crude repair, most likely done in the village, is located in the central medallion (shown in penultimate photo–but not easy to spot). Photo with coin shows the back of the rug.

Despite small imperfections, this is a vibrant and powerful piece of tribal art work. Fantastic statement piece– mind boggling art for your floor!

The Qashqai are a confederation of 5 distinct tribal groups who banded together in a political alliance in the 19th century. Another confederation — the Khamseh (which means 5 in Arabic) — formed in the 19th century as a counterbalance to the Qashqai. The rugs of all of these tribes are quite similar in many respects.

The size is 8 ft. 8 in. by 5 ft. 5 in.  The rug is $769. Shipping is $63 or free with local pickup.

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(Q0002    N4)

Large Persian Isfahan Floral Medallion Rug — 12 ft. by 8 ft. — $849

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Classic Persian floral medallion rug from the beautiful garden city of Isfahan, Iran. (Also, Esfahan). Very good overall condition with only a few scattered spots of inconsequential wear.

Traditional Isfahan colors with several shades of blue, crimson, black, ivory, cream, silver, and peach. It is difficult to find these large floral rugs in such great condition.

Exact size is 11 ft. 10 in. by 7 ft. 9 in. A vintage Persian carpet, most likely from the 1970s. This rug is ready to roll out inyour home. Natural wool pile on natural cotton warp.

This Isfahan Persian carpet is $849. Shipping is $69 or free with a prearranged local pickup.

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(I0016          O188)

Moroccan Red Crimson ‘Fractal’ Medallion Rug — $395

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A Moroccan handmade rug with a kaleidoscopic central medallion and intricate border — on a vivid crimson red field. Wool woven onto wool warp, which is more common in Moroccan rugs.

Handmade rugs from Morocco are less common than their Persian and Turkish counterparts. Last photo shows the back and the export tag. The quality is described, in French, as “extra superieure” and the design as “moderne”. The tag is dated 8 Jan 1384; converting from the Hijri calendar to the Gregorian calendar dates it to 1964. So the rug was woven in the early 1960s for export to Europe.

The rug was a little grubby coming out of an estate so I had it professionally washed.

Vintage rug in excellent condition with very little signs of wear to the medium thick wool pile.

If you include the fringe, the rug is 7 ft. 9 in. by 5 ft.

Moroccan rugs are quite popular with contemporary designers, and because of their limited availability, they can be quite pricy.

Moroccan weaving has been influenced by Turkish and to a lesser extent Persian weaving. Many of the rugs from Morocco are made by Berber tribal people weaving in the Atlas Mountains and feature geometric motifs.

This rug, however, is more formal and professional, and was woven for export rather than tribal use.

With its bold cheerful colors this carpet could easily light up the dullest room. Spectacular art for the floor!

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Price is $395. Shipping is $43.

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(MC0029 O18)

Moroccan Bold Orange – Red Rug — 8 ft. 5 in. by 5 ft. 6 in. — $395

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A Moroccan handmade rug with a floral central medallion and border — on a vivid rusty red field. Wool woven onto cotton warp. Handmade rugs from Morocco are less common than their Persian and Turkish counterparts.

Vintage rug in excellent condition with little signs of wear to the thick wool pile. The cotton fringe is very long on each end and appears free of wear, frazzling, or gaps. It’s a vintage piece but appears to have been used very, very lightly. 1960s – 1970s.

If you include the fringe, the rug is 8 ft. 5 in. by 5 ft. 6 in. Without the fringe just under 8 feet in length.

Moroccan rugs are quite popular with contemporary designers and because of their limited availability, can be quite pricy. Moroccan weaving has been influenced by Turkish and to a lesser extent Persian weaving. Many of the rugs from Morocco are made by Berber tribal people weaving in the Atlas Mountains and feature geometric motifs.

This rug, however, is more formal and professional, and was woven for export rather than tribal use. There is an export label underneath that denotes its origin as Morocco and its quality as “superior”. You can see it in the last photo, showing the back of the rug.

With its bold cheerful colors this carpet could easily light up the dullest room. Spectacular art for the floor!

Price is $395. Shipping is $43.

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(MC0026 O1)

SOLD — Geometric Khamseh Hamadan Runner — 10 ft. 5 in. by 3 ft. 7 in. — $489

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Striking geometric tribal runner from the Khamseh area, northern Hamadan region. Gorgeous colors, and the blues and salmon in particular appear to be natural dyes. Very minor wear. The wool pile is fairly thick. The warp is natural cotton.

Very good overall condition. The rug has been professionally WASHED and is ready for the floor. 1950s — 1960s. Size is 10 ft. 5 in. by 3 ft. 7 in.

To add a little confusion, there is also a Khamseh confederation in the Fars District of southwest Iran. The confederation consists of five tribes (khamseh means ‘five’ in Arabic) and was formed as a counterbalance to the Qashqai. (Although Farsi is the official language of Iran, many other languages are spoken including Turkish, Kurdish, Armenian, Luri, and Arabic.)

Many rugs in the northern Hamadan area are woven by Kurdish weavers, and this is possibly true for this bold village rug.

The price is $489. Shipping is $39.

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(H0053 O30)

Resplendent Persian Geometric Village Rug — 12 ft. 7 in. by 5 ft. 3 in. — $695

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Vivid geometric tribal rug with red, blue, green, ivory, orange and black in a dazzling array around triple medallions. Expansive size at 12 ft. 7 in. by 5 ft. 3 in. — and 100 % natural wool. North Persian Kurdish or possibly Azerbaijan. Side cord is more like a Heriz or Sarab but the rug is all wool, and generally weavers use cotton for the warp in those areas. 1960s.

Some light wear and color abrash (variegation in color due to different dye batches). Faint fugitive dye in parts of the fringe. Fairly heavy rug but a softer weave so might not be perfect for a high foot traffic area. A simple mesh pad would help to hold it in place on slippery wood or tile floors. Fantastic village rug — out of my personal collection. Mind altering art for your floor!

Price is $695.     Shipping is $49 with free pickup an option.

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(MS0010 G5)

Fantastic Qashqai Lion and King Battle Rug — 8 ft. 2 in. by 5 ft. 4 in. — $849 SOLD

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Wonderful condition with no signs of wear. Dramatic royal hand to hand combat between lion and king. Pairs of male and female lions in each corner. The female lions (similar to white domestic cats) appear to be under attack by the male lions– echoing the center struggle. Fantastic abrash (color variegation from different dye batches) in the red field . Various birds and icons float around the center combat like mesmerized spectators.

This is a traditional Qashqai motif but rarely seen as they are the least common of the lion rugs. In regards to condition, artistic detail, and size –this is by far the best one that I’ve ever come across. (Out of my personal collection.)

This rug displays one of the most dramatic pictorial rug designs that you will encounter. Woven by the Qashqai in southwest Iran. 1970s. 100% wool. Impressive size at 8 ft, 2 in. by 5 ft. 4 in. Most of the Qashqai tribal rugs woven with this design are considerably smaller.

Price is $849.  Shipping will be $38 in continental U.S. Free pickup is an option.

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(Q0098 O200)

Heavy Persian Gabbeh Rug — 7 ft. 8 in. by 6 ft. 7 in. — $659

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Bold authentic Persian gabbeh rug woven by tribal Qashqai weavers. 100% natural wool. Thick and heavy! This is not one of the Indian knockoffs that are light and poorly woven but try to mimic traditional Persian pieces and their color palette.

Fairly square at 7 ft. 8 in. by 6 ft. 7 in. Excellent overall condition with little signs of wear. 1970s. This is a rug that could be placed in a high foot traffic area. Galloping Great Danes? No problem. This rug will hold its own. Kelim style ends are tucked and sewn underneath for protection.

Price is $659. Fairly heavy rug — shipping in continental U.S. is $69. Free pickup is an option, too.

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(G0036 O94)