Charming vintage Persian Sarouk — Mahal medallion carpet from central Iran.
Strong cheerful colors, including red, blue, white, greens, gold, and turquoise.
Overall condition is excellent with a couple of spots of wear on the wool pile from normal use. Side cords and fringes are in great shape. There is some abrash (color variegation due to changes in the dye batch) near the center. (photos 4 and 5).
No holes, odors, weak areas, etc. This carpet can be placed in a high foot traffic area or under a table.
Wool pile on cotton warp and weft.
The pile on Sarouk rugs is generally cut short by the weavers to showcase the details of the design. This has medium wool pile length so a little thicker than most.
Exact size is 9 ft. 10 in. by 6 ft. 10 in. 1970s.
Last photo with silver dollar shows the backside of the carpet.
Sarouk carpets derive their name from an obscure Persian village located near Arak (formerly Sultanabad). Over a lengthy span this village has produced some of the most highly regarded Persian weavings of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Similar carpets are also woven in Mahallat and are known as Mahal rugs. Sarouk rugs are some of the most esteemed and popular of all the classic floral Persian rugs. They display elegant style, radiant colors, and durability.
Carpets woven in this region typically feature curvilinear vines and opulent arabesque bouquets of flowers. This general floral style, closely identified with centuries of Persian carpets, is known as the Shah Abbas motif — as this design reached its zenith during his reign (1588 to 1629).
Please email me with questions. Shipping will be $55 within the continental U.S.