Eye-catching vintage Persian Heriz runner from NW Iran. Traditional large Heriz medallions on a red and gold field. Very heavy for its size and just a little out of square.
Exact size is 11 ft. by 3 ft.7 in. 1960s.
Almost no signs of wear and overall condition is excellent. There is some fading in the red on one end from sunlight (last photo).
Thick soft natural wool pile woven onto cotton warp & weft.
Last photo with Morgan silver dollar shows the backside of the carpet.
These are rugged rugs and very resilient to wear. The runner is quite solid and can be used in a high foot traffic area of the house.
Heriz rugs are well known for their durability and have been popular with collectors for over a century.
This is an authentic Heriz rug from Iran — not a lightweight knockoff from India of dubious quality.
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, making the wool stronger and more resilient than wool from other areas.
Heriz rugs originate in towns such as Ahar, Heris, Mehraban, Sarab, Serapi, Bakhshaish, and Gorevan.
Shipping is $43 within the continental U.S.
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