Gorgeous old Persian Heriz carpet from Northwest Iran. This rug is out of a European estate.
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 carpet displays a rich mix of colors including crimson, orange gold, blue, ivory white, salmon, and brown. 1960s. This Heriz is almost square in its dimensions. Exact size is 9 ft. 6 in. by 7 ft. 7 in., which is an excellent size for most living and dining rooms.
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. There is one small cosmetic ding on one side. The structure is perfectly fine, there is no hole or weakening in the area; however, there is a small crease in the wool that is hard to spot. (Shown in closeup photo above with Morgan silver dollar for scale.) Other than this, the rug is in mint condition.
These are rugged rugs and very resilient to wear. Fairly thick and soft natural Iranian wool. Last photo, with a Morgan silver dollar, shows the back of the rug.
Enchanting art for your floor!
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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