Beautiful Ivory Antique Serapi Persian Rug 49321, Country of Origin / Rug Type: Persian Rug, Circa Date: 1880 – This spectacular antique Persian Serapi Heriz carpet combines color and design in a way that creates a striking display. Heriz is a traditional carpet weaving center. It is known for medallion designs with crisp geometric elements that stand out against the background. They are often set against a rich blue, rust, or red field. This one uses and array of lighter rustic rug colors to create the composition.
The design of this antique Serapi carpet consists of layers that define the areas of the design and support the central medallion design. These areas are then defined by progressively smaller floral and more amorphic angular tribal designs to fill the background. This design gives rug a more casual yet elegant look and feel, while the colors and geometric style of the elements give is a uniquely tribal feel, too.
Th Serapi Persian rugs tend to have the formal medallion design structure of the area rugs called “Heriz”. But the ones that are referenced as “Serapi” tend to have more open designs that resemble the tribal rugs of the Caucasus Mountains. This gives them a unique place for collectors and makes them versatile for interior design. These truly beautiful area rugs work well in a formal or informal room.
Within the group of carpets produced in Heriz, Serapi carpets are known for being finer and higher quality rugs that boast beautiful and more open designs. All these rugs most likely originated from the village of Serab (or thereabout), and these antique rugs are considered to be characteristically high-quality. So much so that the term “Serapi” is sometimes used as a quality designation in other parts of the world. One can see from this example why this is the case. Serapi carpets have more tightly packed knots and are denser than the broader category of Heriz carpets.
The design areas of the Persian Serapi carpet vary in the density of the design. The center of the medallion has an open area that showcases a fabulous rug abrash ranging from Ivory to light blue. As the medallion radiates outwards, it shifts back to the rust and then back to Ivory for the main field. This creates a wonderfully artistic sense of movement and sophistication. The artist separated the main areas using not only the background colors but also the density and stylistic characteristics of the motifs. This demonstrates a highly-developed artistic skill and capabilities of the Persian rug weaver.
The antique Persian Serapi carpets have superior durability due to a denser weave. This Persian Serapi uses beautiful colors and would go perfectly with a wide variety of colors and designs in the room. The large geometric designs and precision with which the Serapi rug was created make it an excellent addition to a formal setting. The bright colors will also add vibrancy and a liveliness to the room.