Collection of Antique Heriz Rugs from Persia Heriz Rugs
- Originating in Northwest Persia and the Iranian province of East Azerbaijan, antique Heriz rugs from Persia include regional patterns created in several dozen towns and villages in the area. These Azeri-Turkish groups from the Caucasus
were pushed south by invading Russian and Soviet forces, and the area was subject to turbulent political influences that continued through the 20th century. Turkic nomads have produced fine carpets for export and resale since the 1700's, and antique Heriz rugs continue to enjoy great popularity in Europe and the U.S. The Heriz moniker is applied to regional rugs originating in Ahar, Gorevan and several other prominent villages. This has lead to some confusion about these trade terms.
The city of Heriz is located roughly 60 miles from the legendary carpet-producing city of Tabriz. Although they are closely related in some respects, their styles remain distinct. Antique Heriz rugs are known for their thick, strong and durable structure. Unlike many areas of Persia, rugs from Heriz are made with the symmetric Turkish or Ghiordes knot, which is attached to a specially woven foundation that includes a thick cotton warp and weft. The structure is only one factor that contributes to the durability and stability of antique rugs from Heriz, which differ from their cousins, the Serapi Rugs and the Bakshaish rugs. Further, some carpets from this region are referred to as Heriz Serapi rugs. Tucked into the foothills surrounding the historically active volcano Mount Sabalan, Heriz sits on top of rich mineral reserves and some of the largest copper deposits in the world. Pastoral nomads known as the Shahsavan migrated across the area moving closer to Mount Sabalan in the summer and further away during the harsh winters. The result is extremely durable wool containing trace amounts of copper that act as a natural mordant and dye fixative.
Since the early 19th century, Heriz has been producing European-sized carpets that define the angular style of northwest Persian rugs. These classically colored carpets, including Serapi Heriz rugs, often feature a traditional pairing of crimson red and clear Persian blue, which are combined with varied neutrals. Heriz rugs often feature dense allover patterns and angular octofoil medallions surrounded by rectilinear vinescrolls decorated with a rich variety of contrasting colors. View Our Entire Collection of Antique Heriz, Serapi and Bakshaish Rugs Everything You Want to Know About Heriz Rugs from Persia
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81 Rugs Found in Heriz Rugs
Delightfully aged, this antique Bakshaish carpet showcases the free spirited nature of authentic tribal rugs. The high contrast blue on rust makes for a truly dynamic piece.
Executed with skill and finesse, this prototypical antique Persian Bakshaish rug depicts a stunning allover Herati pattern set in a formal lozenge-shaped medallion.
Woven in the Bakshaish style, this medallion rug features an elegant combination of sophisticated colors and powerful protection symbols set in a formal composition.
This magnificent antique silk Heriz has an allover pattern of split calyx arabesques.
At the center of the rich red field a cruciform medallion in blue-black and ivory floats freely with a lavish interior embellishment of sinuous vines. Undulating blue-green cornerpieces fill out the field with elaborate arabesque detail.
This simplistic interpretation of a classic Serapi medallion captures the iconic ivory, burnt sienna and inky-blue color scheme.
This understated Bakshaish Persian carpet boasts a traditional layout, characterized by subtle earth tones and a beautifully composed allover pattern.
This sumptuously elegant antique Serapi carpet from Persia has an allover Mina Khani pattern surrounding a small central quatrefoil medallion.
Boldly decorated and beautifully colored, this exquisite antique Persian rug from Heriz features a grand lozenge medallion surrounded by rustic botanical motifs.
Impeccably woven, this comely antique Bakshaish is characterized by a compelling yet traditional composition, as well as an inviting pallet of reds.
Traditionally composed and impeccably woven, this antique Bakshaish rug features an alluring pallet and exceptional designs.
Drawn in an elegant less-is-more style, this quintessential late 19th century Bakshaish rug depicts a chic camel-colored field adorned with a bold dragon medallion.
An allover lattice of concentric stepped diamonds in black and various earthen tones repeats across the field of this charming antique Bakshaish from Persia.
This Serapi carpet is an excellent example of the Heriz medallion and the locally-preferred color scheme, including coppery reds and the classic Persian blue.
Woven in characteristically neutral colors with a subtle abrashed field and brilliant white accents, this Bakshaish features checkered patterns and traditional motifs favored by semi-nomadic herders.
Featuring a highly angular and geometric design, this antique Heriz Serapi carpet embodies the best qualities of Persian tribal carpets.
This majestic antique Oriental Agra carpet from India adapts the classic Persian Heriz pattern with a large central medallion and cornerpieces to a soft, cool, and palette with subtle effect.
The bold dynamic drawing and exquisite use of color in this carpet are classically Heriz.
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