Antique Sarouk Rugs - The thickness of the luxurious pile allows Sarouk rugs to withstand the level of foot traffic that would be typical in hallways, common rooms and foyers. The style, quality and durability of Sarouk rugs have made them extremely popular with western consumers then and now. However, they weren't always so popular. In the early 1900s, painted Sarouks that were over-dyed in vibrant hues of garnet and salmon-pink brought regional rugs to a new height of popularity. Although purists never appreciate these alterations, painted Sarouks are regional icons.
Carpets produced in Sarouk feature classic curvilinear vinescrolls and opulent arabesques as well as local bouquet-filled designs that represent the diversity of regional carpet-weaving traditions. The carpets of Sarouk are traditionally made with blue weft threads. However, the surface designs and floriferous patterns incorporate a tremendous variety of pure and clear colors. The village of Saruk produces stunning medallion-and-corner rugs and exquisite allover Herati patterns, but the lush carpets that feature beautifully isolated bouquets and shrubs best represent the unique aesthetic of Sarouk. Whatever design they feature, Persian Sarouk carpets have an opulent and enduring aesthetic that will always be in demand.
Sarouk rugs are among the most luxurious classically derived, room-sized Persian carpets. They were produced in the Arak region, not far from where Fereghans and Sultanabads were made. Some of the early examples were so closely related to Fereghans that they have been designated as Sarouk-Fereghans. While the latter tend to have medallion designs, Sarouk carpets from about 1900 onward were mostly produced in an allover format, with dense sprays or bouquets of flowers and vines arrayed across the carpet symmetrically, on a deep blue or burgundy ground. This latter type is known for its soft, velvety wool and fairly thick pile.
Sarouk carpets derive their name from an obscure village in Persia, located twenty miles north of Arak (formerly Sultanabad). Over a short span of history, this village produced some of the most highly regarded Persian weavings of the late 19th to early 20th century. These rugs are easily recognizable despite their lack of consistent design elements. Most were room sized with central medallions and generally the wefts were blue. The field colors were cream, indigo or a pale red and floral motifs in the field showed multiply shades of orange, green and brown. The short velvet like pile is of excellent quality and wears well.
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42 Rugs Found in Sarouk Rugs
Crafted in the early 20th century, this antique Sarouk Farahan rug depicts an extraordinary series of repeating motifs arranged in a superb latticework pattern.
With an exceptionally dark field and delicately-colored borders, this Mehajeran Sarouk carpet from western Iran exemplifies the symmetric form, recurved branches, and cascading flower clusters popularized by the region.
Featuring soft colors and detailed styling, the rare shape and exquisite workmanship of this carpet make it phenomenal statement piece.
.Woven in a highly-unusual format, this exceptional Sarouk carpet features a tremendous central medallion set over a soft green background.
This sumptuous little antique Oriental silk Farahan carpet is a masterpiece of Persian weaving with its exceptionally fine Herati design.
This stunningly elaborate Mina Khani carpet is an excellent example of classic elements from the regional repertoire of Farahan weavers.
Antique Farahans like this are famed for their combination of classic Persian design with the spontaneous drawing and graphics of village rugs.
Woven with earthy colors and elaborate floral patterns, this classic carpet features regional influences from Sarouk and Farahan.
Woven in the late 19th century, this elegant Sarouk Farahan features an intricate all-over pattern incorporating Safavid geometry.
A dazzling design of flowering, spiral vines spreads across the field of this exceptional antique Sarouk Farahan.
This stately Farahan carpet features a densely-patterned field supported by wide borders and an elaborate turtle and vinescroll pattern.
A classic Persian medallion composition unfolds elegantly across the field of this exceptional antique Sarouk-Farahan.
This sumptuous antique Oriental Farahan or Fereghan carpet from Persia has a lovely arabesque medallion providing a central focus for the richly detailed saffron ground.
Lush polychromatic vine scrolls with spiraling curves and crisp outlines create a superb medallion-and-corner composition that covers this regal antique Sarouk rug.
This early Sarouk-Farahan rug
woven in the late 19th century features a sinuous arabesque with exquisite cloudbands set over a midnight blue and framed by an elegant scarlet border.
A grand medallion design spreads lushly across the field of this luxuriant antique Sarouk.
Antique Sarouk Farahan's like this are renowned for their use of refined classical Persian designs.
Woven in Mehajeran, this classic arabesque carpet borrows branching floral motifs and trailing blossom chains from Sarouk designs.
Antique Sarouk-Farahans like this maintain a delicate balance between urban carpet design and village rug weaving.
A delicate 'Herati' design unfolds across the field of this exquisite antique Persian Farahan.
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