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Antique Serapi carpet

Circa 1860
460 × 330 cm 15’1” x 10’9”


A magnificent early tribal antique Serapi carpet, with a fine weave and exceptional tribal motifs.  The bold central medallion with zig-zag motifs scattered inside, the bold graphics in the ivory corners with large abstract leaves.  A primitive yet well executed drawing with the supposed abstract turtle border design.  This fabulous coloured Serapi has all the classic traits of tribal carpets from the mid 19th century.  With old restoration in places, the main structure is very good, the fringes have been expertly restored too.

The ivory wool and brick tones are famous dyes for these earlier tribal carpets from Heriz in Northern Persia.  These finer early Serapi examples from the mid to late 19th century are increasingly rare to come across.

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Antique Serapi carpets are more intricate finer tribal weavings hand-woven by Azerbaijan Turkish inhabitants close to the city of Heriz in North-West Persia. They are famous among collectors because of their vivid vegetable dyes or soft earth tones that are woven on a geometric pattern. In terms of design, drawing, and colouration – Serapi carpets are clearly part of one and the same tradition as Heriz weavings. Despite being a distinct antique rug style, which originated as a Northwest Persian adaptation of early Sarouk Farahan medallion, but with a more geometric and abstract village sensibility.

Like Heriz, Serapi carpets will often have a multiple concentric medallion format that emits jutting branches or vines ending in large stylised palmettes, leaves, or flowers.  With framing corner pieces at the periphery of the field. The main border is usually some variant of the ‘turtle’ vinescroll pattern. In terms of design, what distinguishes Serapis from Heriz carpets is once again their more refined approach. The articulation of the medallions is crisper, more finely linear, and open, the highest grade in terms of weave, and very probably the oldest type in terms of age. Heriz carpets are generally coarsely woven with as few as 30 knots per square inch. They also have a deeply depressed warp structure with a markedly ribbed back surface. Since the early twentieth century they have come to make use of light blue cotton wefting. Serapis, in contrast, have a higher knot count, sometimes attaining 80 knots per square inch. Their backs are relatively flat, and they have ivory cotton wefting and generally they have a softer floppier handle than a Heriz.

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