Sarough, circa 1950

12'7" x 9'7"

Sarough, circa 1950: 12'7" x 9'7"

Sarough, circa 1950: 12'7" x 9'7"
Sarough, circa 1950: 12'7" x 9'7"
Sarough, circa 1950: 12'7" x 9'7"
Sarough, circa 1950: 12'7" x 9'7"
Sarough, circa 1950: 12'7" x 9'7"
Sarough, circa 1950: 12'7" x 9'7"
Sarough, circa 1950: 12'7" x 9'7"
Sarough, circa 1950: 12'7" x 9'7"
NameSarough, circa 1950
Size in feet12'7" x 9'7"
Size in meters3.84 x 2.92
Pile (Fiber & Yarns Used)100% Pure Wool
Type of fabricationHand-knotted
Type of knotsSenneh (asymmetric)
Country Made InIran
Design OriginPersian
ConditionSemi-antique in excellent condition, one of a kind
Carpet IDV1901231
CUSTOM SIZES AVAILABLE BY SPECIAL ORDER
PLEASE CONTACT US FOR AVAILABILITY
Sizes are approximate. Photographs are not necessarily exact for color.
New Rugs Are Of The Highest Quality In Its Category And Are Handpicked Overseas By The Bashir Family
A Brief History of Sarough Carpets

Situated in the province of Markasi near Arak in west-central Iran, the large village of Sarough is an important historic center with an esteemed name in carpet weaving. Carpets from Sarough (also spelled Sarouk, Saruk, Sarug, Sarouq, Saruq) are among the most desirable and decorative Persian carpets. Oriental rugs have been woven in Sarough and its surrounding villages since ancient times. These rugs are mostly marketed through Arak and are sold under different city names such as Mahal, Ferahan (Feraghan), Lylyan, Malayer, Viss, Meshkabad (Mushkabad), Mirabad, Seraband, Mohajaran and Jozan. An antique Sarough area rug produced prior to 1900 is considered to be a masterpiece. Due to the extraordinary quality of craftsmanship and material, it is sought after by museums and private collectors alike. Talented weavers create the Sarough area rug in both village and workshop settings using the Persian knot, although the Turkish knot is seen in antique Saroughs.

Since the 1920s, their design has been influenced by the renowned Ziegler / Zeigler workshops towards European taste preferences. After WWI this shifted to the US market and the American Sarough with red, blue and dughi pink, as dominating colors, was born. Traditional Sarough patterns include curvilinear and geometric layouts, Herati and boteh motifs, medallions in all shape and sizes and a medallion-and-corner design. It is not easy to tell a Sarough area rug from one produced in a neighbouring village because there is not a motif that is totally unique to Sarough. However, the most classic Sarough design usually is that of floral vines with red and navy as predominant colors. The foundation on a Sarough area rug is cotton. Its pile is wool of very high quality although older or antique pieces are blended with silk. Sarough carpets are available in a variety of sizes but are most frequently made in mid to large sizes. These one-of-a-kind masterpieces add elegance and refinement to homes while harmonizing with any decor. To learn more about iranian rugs, visit our Persian Rugs section.

Sources and inspiration: Bérinstain, Valérie, et al. L'art du tapis dans le monde (The art of carpets in the world). Paris: Mengès, 1996. Print.; Jerrehian Jr., Aram K.A. Oriental Rug Primer. Philadelphia: Running Press, 1980. Print.; Herbert, Janice Summers. Oriental Rugs, New York: Macmillan, 1982. Print.; Hackmack, Adolf. Chinese Carpets and Rugs, Rutland and Tokyo: Tuttle, 1980. Print. ; De Moubray, Amicia, and David Black. Carpets for the home, London: Laurence King Publishing, 1999. Print.; Jacobsen, Charles. Oriental Rugs A Complete Guide, Rutland and Tokyo: Tuttle, 1962. Print.; Bashir, S. (n.d.). Personal interview.; Web site sources and dates of consultation vary (to be confirmed). Without prejudice to official usage.


About Antique Carpets

Older carpets (antique or vintage) are rugs that date back to the last 100 years. Rugs that are 50 to 99 years of age are referred to as semi-antiques. They are typically crafted with hand-spun wool and eco-friendly organic dyes, which have a luminous surface, providing an illusion of depth. They have a wonderful patina and character which cannot be usually captured in a newer piece. Each antique carpet is different, as they are found in every type of home and add warmth to pristine and minimalist spaces.

Oriental & Persian carpet designs began to change at the turn of the 20th century, as Western influence expanded across the Middle East. At the time, the native cultural designs began to lose their authenticity because their ability to maintain traditional designs diminished. As the Industrial Revolution came about, preserving traditional master craft techniques became more of a challenge.

Tips for Collectors
  • Antique rugs are made of natural fibers such as, wool, cotton and silk. New rugs are made from a variety of fibers including synthetic and natural fibers such as, mercerized cotton, faux silk often called "Art Silk", silk blends and artificial fibers such as, olefin.
  • If the rug has signs of wear but still appears to be vibrant, this is an indication of a genuine antique carpet.
  • For insurance purposes, you should always obtain a Certificate of Authenticity from the dealer, which should include the size, origin, age, style, materials, knot density, condition and estimated retail value.
  • An authentic Oriental rug will not have a brand name associated with it and it will not be hand-tufted.

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