Heriz Serapi rugs are among the most recognizable rugs of Iran because of their distinctive monumental designs and the expressive power of their angular drawing. They tend to have strong medallion designs accented through the use of color, but allover Heriz and Serapi rugs are not uncommon. Herizes / Serapis rely on floral patterns with strap-work vines and grand palmettes with zig-zag contouring. Where other Persian Rugs would utilize a curved form, Antique Heriz Serapi carpets will apply series of angular twists and turns, imparting an emphatic geometry to the design. Heriz Serapi Rugs have glorious color, with rich reds, blues, greens, and yellows resonating against ivory. Much of the formal vocabulary, drawing, and color sensibility of Antique Heriz Serapi Rugs is traceable to the classical antique Caucasian rugs of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Since the Heriz / Serapi region of northern Iran is not far from the Caucasus, it is not surprising that Heriz and Serapi carpets have preserved so much of the Classical Caucasian tradition. Some antique Heriz rugs and antique Serapi carpets, however, especially those produced in silk, display a different drawing and design vocabulary linked to other types of Persian carpet. They are identified as Heriz rugs primarily by their weave.
Just west of Tabriz lies the village of Heriz, located in the Iranian part of Azerbaijan. Heriz carpets are mostly distinguished by their rectilinear designs, a departure from the traditional arabesques and scrolls typical of Persian manufactory. A large central stepped medallion with corners or an allover design of highly stylized floral motifs is quite typical. Repeating patterns are less common. The pile is thick and heavy and the color palette is rich and varied. Older Heriz rugs had madder grounds and medallions mostly of indigo. The finer antique rugs use the technique “double outlining”, where the design of the rug is separated from the field by two lines in different colors. This design element sets the gold standard for the best Heriz designs.
The style of antique Heriz rugs and antique Serapi carpets (both originating from the same region of Iran) is a paradigm for the traditional geometric designs of Northwest Iran. These distinctive rugs are woven with tribal weaves which accentuates the angles and boldness exhibited in the highly stylized floral motifs. Typically these rugs carry a masculine aura to them which makes them perfect options for libraries, studies, and other rooms rich with wooden or earthy accents though they are also popular in living rooms both formal and non.
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35 Rugs Found in Heriz-Serapi Rug
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 striking antique Heriz rug showcases an elaborate arabesque decorated with fiery palmettes and delicate leaflets that are set over a robust crimson field.
Boldly decorated and beautifully colored, this exquisite antique Persian rug from Heriz features a grand lozenge medallion surrounded by rustic botanical motifs.
This sumptuously elegant antique Serapi carpet from Persia has an allover Mina Khani pattern surrounding a small central quatrefoil medallion.
Combining the best traits of the sought-after Serapi, this antique Persian rug displays pure colors and a striking pattern with rectilinear and curvilinear figures.
Representing the best of northwest Persia, this stately antique Serapi rug features well-defined rectilinear decorations and classical colors beloved in the West.
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.
This splendid antique Serapi has an allover floral pattern of classical Persian inspiration.
The bold dynamic drawing and exquisite use of color in this carpet are classically Heriz.
Knotted from vibrant, luxurious silk fibers, this antique Persian Heriz carpet is the ultimate representation of the regal chahar-bagh or garden of paradise.
This elegant all silk antique Oriental Heriz carpet from Persia has a delicate filigree design of oval medallions and eight-pointed stars and a beautiful vine scroll border.
This archetypal antique embroidered suzani showcases a lovely assortment of vivacious botanical ornaments that artfully balance bold colors and delicate details.
Combining advanced pattern-making skills and rustic rectilinear geometry, this superb antique Heriz rug has a striking appearance with strong masculine details.
Antique Heriz carpets in a runner format like this one are unusual.
This lavish antique Serapi has a classic Heriz design.
Woven in the rugged hills of Northwest Persia, this magnificent antique medallion carpet from Heriz embodies the rustic rectilinear style of regional designs.
This antique Heriz Serapi carpet from Persia combines the bold scale and effect of the best Serapis with an usually graceful and refined sense of design.
Woven in the early 20th century, this exemplary antique Persian Heriz rug depicts a resplendent Caucasian-influenced dragon pattern rendered in an old-world style.
This superb antique Serapi is unusual for its design and cool, earthy palette.
This outstanding Serapi is exceptional even among carpets of its kind.
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