Antique densely woven Persian Malayer or Sarouk runner with a traditional Herati floral field design. Central Iran.
Very difficult to find these extremely well woven antique Persian long runners in excellent condition.
Some color softening in the reds from the decades of time. Condition is excellent with only minor wear on the wool pile. The side cords and fringes are in fine shape.
Natural wool on natural cotton. 1930s.
Exact size is 12 ft. by 3 ft. 9 in. Last photo with Morgan silver dollar shows the backside of the carpet.
Malayer region rugs demonstrate excellent variety and quality, and are highly regarded by collectors. Malayer (also Malayir) is south of Hamadan and west of Arak in central Iran. These rugs share much with Sarouk rugs but they are more diverse and imaginative.
A Herati design is a repeating pattern in oriental rugs that originated centuries ago.
The motif is based on an ancient Turkoman or Mongolian design — a template featuring one flower surrounded by four leaves, which repeats across the carpet. This pattern originated around the late 15th century in what is now Northwest Afghanistan in the city of Herat (Herat was then part of Persia).
The pattern is often stylized so that you often can’t make out individual flowers and leaves. In this rug, the flowers and leaves are large and natural appearing.
Shipping will be $55 within continental U.S. — or possible pickup in Northern California with PRIOR arrangement.
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