About Persian Heriz Antique Oriental Rugs - An Introduction by Nejad Rugs ...

About Persian Heriz Antique Oriental Rugs

Overview

In the harsh climate of the mountainous northwest corner of Iran, on the southern slopes of Iran's 3rd highest volcanic (inactive) mountain, lies a virtual cottage industry spanning several small towns and villages - the network of independent weavers who produce the much-sought-after rug known for the area that it originates from, Heriz. Easily one of the most distinctive and readily-identifiable of the Persian or Turkish styles of rugmaking, the carpets made in and around Heriz are typically large, heavy and notably-durable and feature bold and dramatic color and design. With regards to the Heriz rug's noted longevity, the consensus is that the copper-rich water around Mt Sabalan produces a more-durable, more-resilient quality of sheep's wool used for the rug pile.


One of the spectacular antique Persian Heriz carpets currently being offered for sale by Nejad Rugs of Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

The Heriz Rug Style

The Heriz Rug Style - the typical theme for Heriz carpets - consists of basic geometric or nature-derived patterns set in vibrant color palettes ranging from monochromatic (reds) to strongly-contrasting, multi-colored (primary colors) fields featuring highly-saturated reds and brilliant greens (often with a blue background color in the spandrel) and typically with black, white or gold outlining, and last, but certainly not least, a prominent medallion - usually featuring an 8-pointed star (star-like figure) inside a diamond-shaped hexagon occupying up to 50% of the entire rug. These older rugs were produced in large sizes (up to 26') with a knot-density of considerably less than 100 KPSI (using a Turkish knot at usually around 30 + knots per square inch) - attaining their color brilliance through the use of natural vegetable dyes.


At nearly 16,000 feet, a snow-covered Mount Sabalan hovers over the nearly-obscured grazing sheep in the foreground.

The Austere Beauty of Heriz

Heriz, located approximately 60 miles northeast of Tabriz in the East Azarbaijan Province of Iran, sits on the southern slopes of Mount Sabalan. A mecca for tourists, the popular hot springs located near the base of the volcanic peak provides a welcome counterpoint to the lake at the very summit - which, but for just a few weeks of the year - remains frozen! Although hot and dry in summer, the climate features extreme cold with heavy snow and high wind for most of the year. This region - the northernmost area of Iran and East Ajarbaijan in particular - due to its strategic location as well as natural resources, has been both a politically and economically sensitive region in modern history, having come under the sphere of influence of both Soviet and western governments.


The Old Silk Routes (from Istanbul to Xian, China) through Persia showing the prominent rug-producing cities of Iran today.


This large, richly-decorated Heriz carpet, circa 1900, was recently sold at auction by Christie's in London.

Consumer Notes

As in the case of the more-refined Tabriz rug, it was not until 1880 and afterward, that production was increased to meet western, mostly US, demand. The Heriz rug has continually gained in popularity in the west over the last hundred years due not only to the attractive handsome design and much-touted longevity and durability of the wool but the investment-potential in owning a reasonably-priced substantial rug that is likely to continue to appreciate in value over time. It is not uncommon to find 19th century examples of Heriz carpets offered for sale by the major auction houses in both the United States and Europe.

Nejad Rugs is a manufacturer and designer with several Heriz rug designs offered through an extensive viewable-online catalog.

Currently Nejad is offering the following antique Heriz rugs for sale:

#987497 Antique Heriz  |  #987591 Antique Heriz  |  #90331 Antique Heriz  |  #13461 Antique Heriz


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