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Serab Rugs are known for their fine long rugs or runners with a characteristic camel ground and lozenge-shaped medallions. These rugs are woven in the village of Serab, located near Heriz in Persia. They are now used as a trade name for certain types of Kashgai weaving, such as Mecca Shiraz.
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The angular style of antique carpets from Serab bears some similarity to tribal Bakshaish rugs and those made by Kashgai weavers. These decorative runners are traditionally made in the county of Sarab and the eponymous city, which is located in the northern province of East Azerbaijan, also known as Azarbaijan-e-Sharqi.
The Serapi designation is quite controversial. Although fine rugs produced in neighboring Heriz are often sold as Serapis internationally, they are typically sold as Heriz carpets in the United States. The traditional rugs from Serab feature an elongated composition that is bounded by ornamental borders. Local styles favor bold lozenge-shaped medallions and angular floral motifs that are typical of Persia’s northwestern region.
Although camel-colored fields are the most common, mulberry-red backgrounds and brick-colored fields are also common. The camel fields of antique Serab rugs are traditionally accented with Persian blue motifs and tricolor patterns that include robust blues, warm terra-cotta reds and sunny yellows. Color palettes used in antique Serab rugs tend to be somber and slightly oxidized, which makes them ideal for complementing traditional western decor. Unlike the large-room sized rugs from Heriz, antique rugs from Serab typically feature an elongated runner-style format.
Occasionally, large room-sized rugs are also found. The elongated size of antique Serab rugs is traditionally associated with carpets that were produced for Persia’s domestic market. While these sizes were more practical for Persian consumers, they are also excellent for decorating hallways and visually portioning spaces within a room or behind furniture arrangements. The rustic style, soft colors and elongated format make antique Serab rugs particularly useful in today’s interiors.