Early 1900's Antique Persian Heriz/Serapi Rug | Collector's Artistic & Mystical Northwest Gem | 10 x 12
* All of our antique & vintage rugs are professionally cleaned prior to being listed.*
Size: ~ 10 x 12
Pile: Low with lovely age-related wear
About: The most esteemed of the Northwest pieces, this rug is an in-between double named rug; Heriz - Serapi. It is amongst some of the prettiest ones we've seen as the airy cloud-like beige really graces this piece to slice through all the of the sensational warm hues of madder-root and rusty clay notes throughout. The midnight blues piece throughout and adding that sharp and moody richness and accompanied by the denim and sky blues hugging and balancing out the heavier notes. The salmon and English rose hues are indicative of the age as the first quarter of the 20th in these villages were known for these calming yet decorative colors thanks to the influence of British and English designers and decorators that came to this country and asked these mystical weavers to start weaving in colors that their high-end clients desired. The history of this rug, these designs, this regional influence, and the natural dyes used, to name a few, are just several factors that give a piece like this such power. The geometric and bold medallion design anchors the field as the forever artistic flowing and unrehearsed design unfolds in front of the weaver's eyes - this fact gives the onlooker and admirer a start realization of true beauty and what art should truly look like as we start to learn just how much influence the weaver had to allow her imagination guide the knots. This, of course, is not to say that there was no plan or even map/template, but its imperfect asymmetrical pattern can easily lead us to believe that much of the innocent and raw beauty is of her merit rather than some engineered and precise cartoon to follow. The lack of symmetry can be found in the finials that jute out of the medallion, in the 4 corner spandrels that differ in size and shape, and truly every square inch if you look closely. The sensational abrash (variation of color) also add to it's thousands of unique birthmarks that set this piece to a 1-of-1 category rug. The nice floppy handle as speaks to the coarse weave and regional difference, from let's say 100 miles West where the designs were much more floral and distinct. It is the tribal and village influence and DNA that showcases the mystique that we rug lovers are always chasing. This piece will dazzle the eyes with its beauty, the feet with its nice soft wool pile, and of course the soul as you can't ignore her gracious and overwhelming breath of artisanship. The rug itself is in wonderful condition given its age - my grandfather tidied up some of the fringe and areas that needed some securing, and it's clean and ready to elevate any space it finds. A true gem, indeed.
This rug is one-of-a-kind, only one available.
Because of the nature and age of these older/antique handmade pieces, irregularities and age-related wear are likely to exist and are not considered defects. Any questions about this rug? Don't hesitate to reach out!
We always recommend a high-quality custom cut pad for any and all rugs; these pads are made for hand-knotted rugs. They create a body and support the knots of the rug, as well as prevent it from slipping and sliding.
A note from us to you: Buying a rug is special; it's not just you finding the rug, but also the rug finding you. Think about the many coincidences that have to occur for you to find the rug of your dreams. Our rugs are woven by nomads in the villages and remote mountainous regions of the major rug weaving districts across the world. All of our rugs are genuinely old and one-of-a-kind. Like anything old and unique, they are filled with character, soul, and story. The story of a rug is something we think about a lot; who was the weaver(s)? Did they weave it for personal use, commerce, to gift, or trade? Who was the second owner, and the third!? Sometimes the little motifs and symbols in rugs can help tell the story, but we will never truly know - there's something beautiful about that. Alas, our joy is to curate these incredible pieces that speak to us, and to pass them along to their new owners to be enjoyed and cherished for many years to come; both continuing to add to the story of the rug, and to the story of the new owners.
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