Antique Persian Saruk Carpet – Central Medallion

Rug #5202
Size: 302 x 208 cm / 9.9 x 6.8 ft
Handwoven in: 

Antique Persian Saruk Carpet – Central Medallion


This Antique Persian Saruk carpet is published in;

THE STORY OF CARPETS, Essie Sakhai, London, 1991.

p. 23.

Persian Saruk carpets derive their name from a relatively small town in Persia, located twenty miles north of Arak (formerly Sultanabad). Over a short span of history, this town has produced some of the most highly regarded Persian weavings of the late 19th to early 20th century as a major contributing centre of Persian urban revival. Both large scale carpets and smaller decorative rugs are made here, with designs often based on recognised and established 17th Century Safavid urban designs. One distinctive type of carpet from the Saruk region is worthy of mention, the so called ‘American’ Saruk. These were imported into the United States in vast quantities between around 1914 and 1940. This type of Saruk carpet was particularly produced in the village of Lilihan, though also throughout the Arak region. Carpets classified as Saruk, are regarded as the most technically fine in the region. The wool quality is predominantly soft and lustrous, and their palette of colours is extensive, with rose and plum red and blue, favoured as background colours, complemented by a huge range of extensive saturated jewel like colours including shades of saffron, green, and ivory, with associated accent tones.


Antique Persian Saruk carpet handwoven from wool in Iran.  Central medallion design.

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