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Sun, Sep 18, 2022 11:00AM EDT
Lot 6066

Antique Persian Heriz Rug 8 ft x 6 ft 5 in (2.44 m x 1.96 m)

Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000

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Small Antique Persian Heriz Rug, Country of Origin: Persian Rug, Circa 1920's.

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Heriz carpets are known for their striking colors and designs created around a central medallion. The captivating and graphic antique rugs from this area are known for their beautiful rustic colors, geometric more tribal designs and excellent durability. This beautiful rare small size antique Heriz area rug is from the first quarter of the 20th century and boasts a wonderfully bright colors and a primitive design.

Heriz is located in northwestern Persia, and the Persian Heriz Serapi and Bakshaish rugs from this general area are considered village carpets. Heriz, and the surrounding weaving area, is located northeast of the major carpet weaving center of Tabriz. This center was established in the 1500’s as a production center for carpets of the Safavid Dynasty courts. Its proximity to this formal carpet production center allowed the extremely skilled Persian rug weavers of these village carpets the ability to see some of these formal court designs when they took their carpets to be sold.

This location accounts for the unique characteristics of the Heriz and Persian Serapi carpets. They resemble tribal carpets in their use of tribal symbols and geometric designs, but they also have many of the features of carpets produced in the nearby city. This gives them characteristics of both a city carpet and a tribal carpet.

The beautiful primitive design of this Persian carpet has a beautiful combination of red and blue in the field. Both unique and traditional rug motifs are carefully worked into the field of this magnificent antique Persian Heriz carpet. The artist used a black background in the center medallion and corners, which distributes the color and gives it a sense of balance and harmony. Stylized motifs give it a primitive, tribal character.

This small size Heriz carpet is especially rare due it its size as very few antique Persian Heriz rugs were ever woven in such small rug sizes. This aspect, combined with the wonderfully primitive design and magnificent use of colors, make this Persian Heriz rug a wonderful choice for someone with sophisticated taste. It is a rare a captivating example that could be used in so many different interior design styles – from mind century modern to classic America colonial to rustic and industrial, this antique Persian Heriz rug could look breathtaking almost anywhere.


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