Fine Persian Heriz Carpet

Rug #432
Size: 392 x 305 cm / 12.9 x 10 ft
Handwoven in: 

Fine Persian Heriz Carpet allover design Wool Pile


A Fine and Unusual Persian Heriz Carpet, North West Persia, Wool on Cotton Foundation

Mid 20th Century

The cream field with a formal design displaying stepped medallions supported by hooked winged palmettes surrounded by diagonal orientated angular vines issuing small leaves within a complementary cream border enclosing continuous stepped palmettes alternating with diagonal star flower heads linked by angular hooked vines.

Heriz carpets are highly distinctive, due to their very unique and distinguishable style of design. Heriz is a city located in North West Persia, near the city of Tabriz, which is one of the most historically important rug weaving centres in Persia with a weaving tradition dating back to the 16th Century.

Generally, Persian Heriz carpets display large rectilinear drawn medallions that are crisply delineated against a rich red, rust or dark blue field, and sometimes ivory back grounds are seen. The pattern is almost always geometric, although some Persian Heriz rugs have an all-over layout often with rectilinear floral motives combined with curvilinear floral forms. Since the Heriz region is not too far from the Caucasus, many Persian Heriz carpets display similar colours and motif drawings to traditional tribal Caucasian rugs. The most common supporting colours are brownish red, light and dark pink, light and dark blue, varying shades of greens, yellows and ivory. Blue and ivory are normally added to increase contrast.

This Persian Heriz carpet is a superb example of a specific type, made from the mid 20th Century onwards which on first inspection resembles a style of design and colouration traditional to neighbouring Mahal and Arak. The construction however suggests otherwise and is related to Heriz and its environs. The pattern is intriguing as it is original. The pattern elements are intensely stylised verging on abstract, displaying a formal design with predominantly angular drawing of the motifs, though arranged in such away as to create one and three quarter oval medallions and within each of those medallions a pair of smaller more elongated oval medallions all defined by delicate angular vines issuing small leaves surrounding abstract flora forms. Wonderful tones of colour are combined to present a highly decorative Persian Heriz carpet. Terracotta adjacent to pale apricot, pale blue and aquamarine contrasted with dark blue and dark green creating a masterful airy appearance and fluidity of design. The pattern in the central field is mirrored on the vertical axis which enhances the formality.

A highly individual Persian Heriz carpet which would grace both traditional or contemporary styles of interior decoration.



Persian Heriz Carpet. 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.