Wednesday Wishlist: Antique Persian Heriz Rug

Antique Persian Heriz Rug

Every Wednesday, The Nazmiyal Collection features one spectacular example of a hand-made vintage or antique rug from its vast catalog. We select each piece based on its aesthetic beauty, conceptual merit, and history. To see how we’d style this week’s selection, check out our Wednesday Wishlist Pinterest board!

Antique Persian Heriz Rug from the Nazmiyal Collection
Antique Persian Heriz Rug from the Nazmiyal Collection

Antique Persian Heriz Rug #48005, circa 1920 — This week’s Wednesday Wishlist post features a beautiful hand-made antique Persian Heriz rug from the Nazmiyal Collection, which was crafted during the first quarter of the Twentieth Century, around the year 1920. Antique Heriz rugs, such as this one, are woven in Northwest Persia and the Iranian province of East Azerbaijan, and are renowned for their durability: Because of traces of copper in the drinking water of the sheep that graze in this area, the wool used to make Heriz carpets is particularly strong, as copper works as a natural mordant and dye fixative. Futhermore, unlike some other styles of rug from this region, Heriz carpets are woven with the symmetric Turkish or Ghiordes knot, which is attached to a woven foundation that includes a thick cotton warp and weft.

Aside from its durability, this antique Persian rug features beautiful, bright colors. The combination of bold red and light blue of this rug is typical of Heriz rugs, and would add a lovely pop of color to your classically styled room. This particular rug also features a deep navy and salmon colored geometric central medallion — another typical feature of Heriz carpets. The rug features angular castellated borders, which are balanced by curving natural motifs such as flowers, vines, and other plant life throughout, giving this rug a lively and rhythmic quality. This gorgeous antique Heriz carpet would make a lovely addition to any home or office!

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