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A Brief History of Heriz Carpets
Heriz carpets are among the most recognizable rugs of Iran because of their distinctive monumental designs and the expressive power of their angular drawing. These carpets are made in the town of Heriz in north-west Persia and the surrounding villages. They have a very direct appeal, being extremely decorative in design. Many are exuberant geometric designs with a dominant central medallion or have an overall design with a field of geometrically stylized floral forms. Bright colors: brick reds, burnt orange and tangerine - all shades that come from maddar dyes - and blues predominate, set off by contrasting shades of beige, ivory and yellow ochre. The bold wide borders are a defining characteristic, consisting of flower-heads that are found in many variations: angular, geometric and naturalistic. Relatively near Tabriz, Heriz was also caught up in the late nineteenth-century revival period. The vigor and strong colors of Heriz proved extremely popular with the western taste of that period and blended in perfectly with their decorating schemes. They are just as popular today and are relatively easy to acquire. Interestingly they are more in demand in the West than in Persia, as Persians tend to prefer slightly finer woven carpets. To learn more about iranian rugs, visit our Persian Rugs section.
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