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)

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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Please email me with questions or to arrange a purchase. Price is $699. Shipping is $77 or free local pickup.

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(SK0025      O186)

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



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)

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



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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(T0043     O1)

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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Shipping costs are $69. Local pickup is an option, too. Thank you.




(SZ0003    O255)

Stunning Persian Armenian Lilihan Rug — 12 ft. 5 in. by 2 ft. 10 in. — $459

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Amazing old Persian village carpet with traditional Lilihan floral motif. Typically these are woven in the Hamadan region by Armenian tribal weavers. 1960s. Outstanding colors including the primary field of salmon — with accents of green, blue, indigo, red, olive, brown, gray and ivory.

Very minor fringe wear. Rug is very solid and finely woven, and can be used in a high foot traffic area without concern. Difficult to find well crafted narrow runners — especially of such exquisite beauty. Minor abrash (color variegation in the dyes) with one end maybe slightly lighter than the other.

Last photo with Morgan silver dollar shows the back of the rug.

Natural wool on natural cotton. Exact size is 12 ft. 5 in. by 2 ft. 10 in. Perfect for a narrow hallway or corridor with lots of light to show off its beauty.

Persian Armenians are the largest Christian minority in Iran, and many estimates put their numbers at 150,000 to 300,000. Although Lilihan rugs are commonly associated with Persian Armenian weavers, there is obviously nothing distinctive between Muslim and Christian carpets unless they contain religious symbols such as mihrabs, mosques, churches, crosses, or quotes from the Koran, etc.

Many of the Lilihan rugs have an ‘art deco’ look to them and are similar to Sarouk and Mahal rugs– especially from the 1920s and 1930s.

Price is $459. Shipping is $43 within U.S. Free local pickup can also be arranged.

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(Li0015 O35)

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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(BA0036 N1)

Persian Kashan Medallion Rug — 7 ft. by 4 ft 5 in. — $385

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Classic Persian Kashan run with tomato red field, central medallion, and floral corners and borders. A bit of abrash (color variegation due to different wool dye batches), which lends a rug painterly qualities. The abrash is in the red field as shown in photo 2. Definitely woven in Iran — not a Pakistani or Indian copy.

Excellent overall condition for a vintage rug. Minor repair on the side cord, which is not even visible. Wool on cotton warp. 1960s. The last photo shows the back of the rug and you can see that it is a very dense and finely knotted carpet. Exact size is 6 ft. 11 in. by 4 ft. 5 in.

Extremely solid and you could place it in a high foot traffic area if need be.

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Price is $385. Shipping is $35 within U.S. continent.

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(K0034 O48)

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)

Persian Shahsavan Geometric Rug — 10 ft. 6 in. by 6 ft. 7 in. — $775


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Most of the Shahsavan tribe lives in northwest Iran near the city of Ardabil and Dashteh Moghan. However, dispersed groups of Shahsavan also live in central Iran near Saveh, Karmsar, and Varamin. In Farsi, Shahsavan means “those who love the Shah”. This was a 17th century title bestowed on warriors from these tribes for their loyalty and diligence in defending the northern borders of Persia.

As well as beautiful geometric carpets, the Shahsavan weavers produce many functional pieces such as saddle bags, mafrash bags, and animal covers. These textiles are often woven in the kilim and soumak style.

This stunning Shahsavan geometric carpet was probably woven near Saveh, which is about 80 kilometers south of Tehran. The color palette and design elements share much in common with Shahsavan rugs from the more northern regions around Ardabil.

Wool pile woven onto cotton warp. Some very minor wear. Soft and harmonious colors including salmon, ivory, blue and green. A large and impressive room size tribal textile. Exact size is 10 ft. 6 in. by 6 ft. 7 in.

Price is $775. Shipping is $55 or free pickup is an option in this area.

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(SA0001 O9)

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)