Very Fine, Antique Persian Heriz Man and Lantern Rug

Rug #2119
Size: 185 x 145 cm / 6.1 x 4.8 ft
Handwoven in: 

Very Fine, Antique Persian Heriz Man and Lantern Rug Pictorial Silk on Silk foundation


A Magnificent Persian Heriz silk pictorial rug, Northwest Persia, silk on silk foundation,


The deep terracotta field with a Sufi Saint holding a tabarzin below an ornate hanging lantern between a pair of ornate columns with mask finials, within a deep terracotta border enclosing continuous palmettes linked by scrolling flowering vines issuing leaves.

Persian Heriz handmade rugs and carpets are highly distinctive, defined by their very unique and distinguishable styles of designs. This includes the extraordinary contrast in the technical specifications as seen in their highly decorative wool pile rugs and carpets compared with their exceptionally fine decorative silk rugs and carpets made from the late 19th Century. Heriz is a city located in North West Persia, which is near the city of Tabriz. Tabriz is one of the most historically important rug weaving centres in Persia with a weaving tradition, certainly dating back to the early 16th Century. The close proximity of Tabriz to the Heriz weaving ‘area’ would be bound to influence the masterful and talented weavers of the Persian Heriz rugs and carpets, and this was certainly the case in the making of their exceptionally fine silk rugs. Persian Heriz silk rugs are considerably rarer by comparison.

This Persian silk Heriz pictorial rug is a superb example of type and origin. The central figure is drawn with significant detail, predominantly dressed in white, which contrasts superbly against the rich terracotta background. The Saint like figure holds a Tabarzin, (Axe), which is a symbol of Sufi Islam, and often depicted being held by Saints. The two flanking ornate columns are mounted with Mask finials, which maybe represent protectors of the central character. The ornate hanging lantern is drawn in a complementary scale and gives balance to the overall composition. The floral border is intricately drawn superbly complementing the central arrangement, likewise the two minor pale blue borders maintain consistency in fine drawing. The colours are typically from the traditional Persian Heriz rug palette, with deep terracotta, dark and pale blue tones, ivory and beige which are juxtaposed in such a way as to create the superb lasting powerful majestic image.

There is no doubting that this is a superb example of Persian Heriz handmade rug weaving.


Very Fine, Antique Persian Heriz Man and Lantern Rug. This piece was handwoven in Heriz , Iran. For further information please contact us and our team will be pleased to assist you. All pieces in the collection are under the auspices of Essie Sakhai, one of the world’s foremost experts and collectors of fine handmade Persian rugs and carpets.