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Rare early Antique Heriz rug

Circa 1880
200 × 143 cm 6’6” x 4’8”


A rare example of weaving this early Heriz rug dates from 1880-1890 in North-West Persia.  Woven by an expert weaver with exceptional soft wool and Sarab like brown/beige dyes in the main field design accompanied by the deep blue indigo dyes.  The open design with the well drawn star medallion and natural ivory wool border colour show such refinement and classical attributes from Tabriz.

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 We initially thought this rug was a Tabriz rug, but the weave and palette are more consistent with early Heriz/Bakshaish rugs and the palette too.  The pale blue corner design is so beautiful and well balanced.  The wool pile on this antique rug is in remarkable untouched condition.  There is only minimal repairs at one end, where there are a couple of tiny old splits which have been restored well.  The fringes have the original knot ties and are missing a few in places but we have to remember this ancient rug is at least 130-140 years old.  All natural dyes and extremely collectable a wonderful example for a collector or to be used on the floor.

We offer the service of viewing any of our carpets & rugs in-situ in London, Surrey, Hampshire & the UK by appointment. Please request a home visit below to schedule a day and time for us to visit you with this rare antique rug and alternatives.  We love to travel around the country showing our stock of beautiful antique and contemporary rugs in customers homes to help you find the ideal one.

Heriz carpets and rugs are famous for their durability and are one of the toughest antique rugs due to the good quality wool that was used. They are still extremely popular today, and can be used in an traditional home with exposed beams for example as well as a more modern home with contemporary furniture and paintings. Their warm colours and interesting designs make them an excellent compliment to many interiors.

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