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Serapi rugs are among the rarest and most sought-after Persian rugs available anywhere. These unique works of woven art were crafted in the mountainous region of Northwest Persia. Rugs in the Serapi class have a very distinct style derived from the Heriz region; the knotting is typically finer and more meticulously finished while the overall designs make excellent use of the empty space integrated into each piece.

Even though Serapi was considered to be the greatest among the styles that originated in the Heriz region, the format became remarkably rare beyond the year 1910. This is believed to be due to the isolated and remote nature of the Northwest Persian region. This presented a significant logistical problem, because Persian tapestries had to be transported dozens of miles away from their location of origin in order to be sold. As a matter of rug nomenclature, the term “Serapi” is derived from “Serab-i”, which loosely translates to “of Serab”.

Design characteristics of Serapi rugs typically incorporate multiple weaving techniques that stem from numerous, varied traditions. Stylistic hallmarks of rugs in the Serapi format include bold, well-delineated geometric patterns and elegant, centrally-placed medallions.

The fairly wide color palette found in Serapi rugs could be described as ‘soft-shaded’ and nuanced with hues ranging from warm reds and pinks to earthy, ‘terra cotta’ variations. It’s fairly common to see yellow and gold used as accentuating colors; this is done mostly as punctuation and not so much formative for the shapes and patterns found throughout the rugs. Often times there are large sections of undyed wool that take on soft, vanilla-colored tones which add yet more warmth to the overall design.

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