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Collection of Antique Persian Heriz Rugs

Heriz Rugs - The village of Heriz is located just west of Tabriz in the Persian occupied 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 all over 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 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.

Originating in Northwest Persia and the Iranian province of East Azerbaijan, Heriz Serapi antique 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 vine-scrolls decorated with a rich variety of contrasting colors.

Please note, the terms Heriz and Serapi are pretty much interchangeable. Heriz rugs are among the most recognizable Persian rugs because of their distinctive geometric designs and the expressive power of their drawing.

Both the "Serapi" and Heriz rugs tend to have strong medallion designs accented through the use of color. That said, allover design Heriz rugs are not that uncommon. Heriz carpets rely on floral inspired patterns with sharp strap-work vines and grand palmettes with zig-zag contouring.

Where other antique rugs from Persia would utilize a curved form, antique Heriz rugs will apply series of angular twists and sharp straight angle turns, imparting an emphatic geometry to the rug design.

Heriz rugs have glorious color, with rich reds, blues, greens, and yellows resonating against ivory. Much of the formal vocabulary, drawing, and color sensibility of these rugs is traceable to the classical antique Caucasian rugs of the eighteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Since the Heriz region of northern Perisa is not far from the Caucasus, it is not surprising that Heriz carpets have preserved so much of the classical Caucasian tradition. Some antique Heriz rugs , 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. Herizes 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 carpets 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 Heriz style of is a paradigm for the traditional geometric designs of Northwest Persia. These distinctive rugs are woven with tribal weaves which accentuates the angles and boldness exhibited in the highly stylized floral motifs.

Typically these Oriental rugs carry a masculine aura to them. As far as interior design goes, this feature 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.

View our current collection of Persian antique Heriz rugs below:

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71 Rugs Found in Heriz Rugs

Antique Persian Heriz Serapi Rug 43696

Antique Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs 43696 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Persian Rugs »
Style: Serapi Rugs

12 ft x 20 ft 6 in (3.66 m x 6.25 m)

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Large Antique Persian Bakshaish Carpet 47431

Large Antique Persian Bakshaish Carpet 47431 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Persian Rugs »
Style: Serapi Rugs

13 ft 9 in x 19 ft 7 in (4.19 m x 5.97 m)

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Antique Persian Bakshaish Rug 44812

Antique Persian Bakshaish Rug 44812 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Persian Rugs »
Style: Serapi Rugs

15 ft 2 in x 19 ft 6 in (4.62 m x 5.94 m)

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Antique Persian Serapi Rug 43401

Antique Serapi Rug 43401 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Persian Rugs »
Style: Serapi Rugs

14 ft 8 in x 19 ft 4 in (4.47 m x 5.89 m)

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Antique Bakshaish Persian Rugs 44164

Antique Bakshaish Rug | 44164 thumb - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Persian Rugs »
Style: Serapi Rugs

12 ft 1 in x 19 ft 2 in (3.68 m x 5.84 m)

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Antique Persian Heriz Serapi Rug 44177

Antique Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs 44177 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Persian Rugs »
Style: Serapi Rugs

12 ft 7 in x 19 ft (3.84 m x 5.79 m)

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Large Antique Persian Heriz Serapi Rug 43220

Antique Heriz Serapi Rug 43220 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Persian Rugs »
Style: Serapi Rugs

9 ft 7 in x 17 ft 9 in (2.92 m x 5.41 m)

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Beautiful Antique Persian Serapi Rug 48642

Beautiful Antique Persian Serapi Rug 48642 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Persian Rugs »
Style: Serapi Rugs

12 ft 3 in x 17 ft 9 in (3.73 m x 5.41 m)

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Antique Persian Serapi Rug 43612

Antique Serapi Rug 43612 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Persian Rugs »
Style: Serapi Rugs

12 ft 8 in x 17 ft 8 in (3.86 m x 5.38 m)

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Antique Persian Heriz Serapi Rug 46384

Antique Persian Serapi Rug 46384 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Persian Rugs »
Style: Serapi Rugs

11 ft 6 in x 17 ft 6 in (3.51 m x 5.33 m)

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Antique Persian Bakshaish Rug 41324

Antique Bakshaish Rug 41324 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Persian Rugs »
Style: Serapi Rugs

12 ft 7 in x 17 ft 1 in (3.84 m x 5.21 m)

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Antique Persian Serapi Rug 46099

Antique Persian Rug 46099 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Persian Rugs »
Style: Serapi Rugs

11 ft 8 in x 16 ft 4 in (3.56 m x 4.98 m)

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Modern Indian Serapi Design Rug 43676

Antique Indo-Serapi Rug 43676 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal
On Sale

Origin: India Rugs »
Style: Serapi Rugs

12 ft 6 in x 16 ft 1 in (3.81 m x 4.9 m)

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Antique Persian Bakhshaish Rug 44171

Antique Bakshaish Persian Rugs 44171 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal
On Sale

Origin: Persian Rugs »
Style: Serapi Rugs

11 ft 2 in x 15 ft 9 in (3.4 m x 4.8 m)

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Antique Persian Heriz Serapi Rug 46563

Antique Persian Serapi Rug 46563  - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Persian Rugs »
Style: Serapi Rugs

8 ft 6 in x 15 ft 5 in (2.59 m x 4.7 m)

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Antique Persian Heriz Rug 48318

Antique Persian Heriz Rug 48318 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal
On Sale

Origin: Persian Rugs »
Style: Serapi Rugs

12 ft 2 in x 15 ft 4 in (3.71 m x 4.67 m)

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Antique Heriz Persian Runner Rug 50175

Antique Heriz Persian Runner 50175 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal
On Sale

Origin: Persian Rugs »
Style: Heriz Serapi Bakshaish Rugs

3 ft 8 in x 14 ft 8 in (1.12 m x 4.47 m)

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Large Antique Persian Serapi Rug 46367

Antique Persian Serapi Rug 46367 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Persian Rugs »
Style: Serapi Rugs

10 ft 2 in x 14 ft 6 in (3.1 m x 4.42 m)

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Antique Persian Serapi Rug 47535

Antique Persian Serapi Rug 47535 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Persian Rugs »
Style: Serapi Rugs

10 ft 10 in x 14 ft 5 in (3.3 m x 4.39 m)

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Antique Heriz Serapi Persian Rug 43728

Antique Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs 43728 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Persian Rugs »
Style: Serapi Rugs

10 ft 7 in x 14 ft 3 in (3.23 m x 4.34 m)

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Antique Room Size Persian Heriz Serapi Rug 48320

Antique Room Size Persian Heriz Serapi Rug 48320 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Persian Rugs »
Style: Serapi Rugs

10 ft 4 in x 13 ft 10 in (3.15 m x 4.22 m)

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Antique Persian Bakshaish Runner Rug 42365

Antique Bakshaish Persian Rug 42365 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Persian Rugs »
Style: Serapi Rugs

3 ft 7 in x 13 ft 10 in (1.09 m x 4.22 m)

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Antique Persian Bakshaish Rug 43968

Antique Bakshaish Rug 43968 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Persian Rugs »
Style: Serapi Rugs

8 ft 1 in x 13 ft 9 in (2.46 m x 4.19 m)

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Antique Persian Bakshaish gallery Rug 45892

Antique Bakshaiesh Rug 45892 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Persian Rugs »
Style: Serapi Rugs

6 ft 7 in x 13 ft 9 in (2.01 m x 4.19 m)

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Antique Persian Heriz Serapi Rug 48006

Antique Persian Heriz Serapi Rug #48006 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Persian Rugs »
Style: Serapi Rugs

10 ft 3 in x 13 ft 6 in (3.12 m x 4.11 m)

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Antique Persian Heriz Serapi Carpet 47297

Antique Persian Heriz Carpet 47297 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal
On Sale

Origin: Persian Rugs »
Style: Serapi Rugs

10 ft x 13 ft (3.05 m x 3.96 m)

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Antique Persian Heriz Rug 48468

Antique Persian Heriz Rug 48468 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Persian Rugs »
Style: Serapi Rugs

10 ft 6 in x 13 ft (3.2 m x 3.96 m)

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Room Sized Antique Persian Serapi Carpet 50016

Room Sized Antique Persian Serapi Carpet 50016 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Persian Rugs »
Style: Serapi Rugs

9 ft 9 in x 12 ft 10 in (2.97 m x 3.91 m)

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Antique Persian Heriz Serapi Rug 48466

Antique Persian Heriz Rug 48466 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Persian Rugs »
Style: Serapi Rugs

9 ft 9 in x 12 ft 10 in (2.97 m x 3.91 m)

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Antique Persian Serapi Rug 48241

Antique Persian Serapi Rug 48241 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Persian Rugs »
Style: Serapi Rugs

9 ft 8 in x 12 ft 8 in (2.95 m x 3.86 m)

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