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Antique Serapi rug

Circa 1900
200 × 150 cm 6’6” x 4’11”


As near to being in perfect condition as an antique rug can be! This is an exquisite fine Serapi rug of the highest order, very rare to find one in perfect pile, with no repairs and this rare design.   The rare amount of natural ivory wool in the main diamond medallion is something you never see, usually this is used in the four corner spandrels, instead the rich reds have been used instead.  So it really is a colour reversal used by the weaver! The scrolling vine border design with pendent flowers, the buds almost look like faces on the vines.

A wonderful antique rug, full of charm and depth of colour.  Purchased from a private collector, used on the floor for many many years but very much loved and looked after.  It is ready to be used again for another 100 years.

Please request a home visit below to arrange a convenient day and time for us to visit you with this special antique Serapi rug.  We have 30 years experience helping customers and interior designers find the ideal carpet or rug.

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Antique Serapi rugs and carpets are more intricate finer tribal weavings of the Heriz region 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 coloration as well, Serapi carpets are clearly part of one and the same tradition as Heriz, despite being a distinct antique rug style, which originated as a Northwest Persian adaptation of early Sarouk Farahan medallion, but with a more geometric, abstract, village sensibility.

Like Heriz, Serapi carpets have a multiple concentric medallion format that emits jutting branches or vines ending in large stylized palmettes, leaves, or flowers, with framing cornerpieces 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. Generally they have a softer, floppier handle than Heriz, and they will tend to have a shorter pile height.

On the whole, it appears that what we call Serapi carpets are simply the oldest, most well-designed, and finely woven Heriz carpets with softer colours than the 1900-1930 pieces.

We offer the service of viewing any of our carpets & rugs in-situ in London, Surrey, Hampshire the UK & Europe by appointment.  Having helped private clients and interior designers since 1990 we would love to assist you too, please contact us in your preferred way.

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