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Sun, Sep 18, 2022 11:00AM EDT
Lot 6057

Large Antique Serapi Persian Rug 18 ft 10 in x 11 ft (5.74 m x 3.35 m)

Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $10
$100 $100
$1,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$20,000 $2,000
$50,000 $5,000
$100,000 $10,000
Beautiful Large Antique Serapi Persian Rug, Country of Origin: Persian Rug, Circa 1890's.

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The distinctive style, large-scale designs, and beautiful colors of the Serapi carpets have a long history as favorites in Early American Federal buildings and public spaces. They are still popular with collectors for their distinctive patterns and fine knot counts that allow for intricate details. Serapi are a type of carpet found among the regional Heriz group. They often have the distinctive Heriz-style cartouche, medallion, and pendants, but they are infused with a distinctive tribal character.

One of the reasons why Serapis are still favorites among rug collectors and designers is their extensive use of color. They often have a multitude of shade and colors from all areas of the spectrum. This carpet has grays, ivory, and light browns that would make it the perfect fit for a neutral room. The midnight background of the border could easily blend in with a blue or gray palette. It also has fiery reds, salmons, peaches, and romantic pinks. The range of colors in this rug would be the perfect piece to serve as the base for the rest of the color scheme of the room, providing almost endless design choices.

The abstract symbols and motifs of the rug give it an exotic and tribal feel. Beautiful florals and leaves symbolize growth and abundance, contributing to the energetic and lively feel of the rug. The pile of the rug is cut short to emphasize the crispness of the design. Another remarkable characteristic of this rug is that even though it was created around the turn of the 20th century, the colors are still as vibrant as the day that it was created.

A Serapi of this quality is becoming more difficult to find. It is a versatile piece that could easily blend in with modern color palettes that include Living Coral, Romantic Pink, and Dragonfly Blue. It would also be the perfect antique rug for a Boho chic room where it will add a vibrant color. This carpet has an eclectic character that would be the perfect way to define a contemporary space.


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