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About Antique Persian Feraghan Rugs


As one of the featured Persian rug types represented at the Vienna World Exhibition of 1873, the Feraghan carpet made it's auspicious international debut. As part of a broad-scale marketing endeavor, Vienna proved to be a fitting venue and was instrumental in the successful introduction of these luxurious rugs to the European and western marketplace. As the for-export version of the Sarouk carpet, the Feraghan rug - dubbed the American Sarouk - was intended for a fairly well-to-do, aesthetically-appreciative American clientele and with its more-sophisticated, artistic designs and palace-sized carpets, typically appealed to the international aristocracy.

An outstanding, finely-detailed large, antique Persian Feraghan hand-woven carpet currently being offered by Nejad Rugs.

The Antique Feraghan Rug

Although the Sarouk and the Feraghan are produced in the same area and even in the same workshops - in Ferahan County, Iran - they are two distinctively unique rug styles. However, the Ferahan has two distinct categories itself: the first generally known as Ferahan (or Feraghan) and the second Ferahan Sarouk (or Feraghan Sarouk) - some rugs combining traits of both subcategories, making an exact attribution difficult.

A Large 19' × 13' 3" One-of-A-Kind Feraghan Carpet, West Persia circa 1880 - Christie's London

The 19th century Feraghan carpets were a high-end, finely-woven carpet using the finest wools amd natural dyes - rugs renowned for their unique yet classically-elegant - and sometimes improvisational - curvelinear designs, and as much as any of the Persian carpets, succeeded in achieving a holistic, organic and non-mechanical appearance.

An antique Sarouk-Feraghan rug featuring a large, ornate medallion - Christie's Lot Description below:

An antique Persian Sarouk-Feraghan rug: the shaded indigo field with delicated flora meander around large dusty-pink pole medallion containing similar design enclosing light blue radiating floral centrepiece, dusty-pink and green spandrels similar, in an indigo border of angular palmette vine between linked lozenge and barber-pole stripes, very slightly coroded black on edges otherwise good condition. - Christie's

An Unusual camel Hair Feraghan Rug, West Persia - the Collection of Abdi Roubeni
Rugs & Carpets 01 November 2016 | 2:00 PM GMT Christie's London
Estimate 15,000 - 20,000 GBP

The caramel ground piled in camel hair, with chequered abrash, and unusually woven with 'lazy' lines visible on the reverse. The inscription reading: 'Order of His Excellency the Grand Minister, 1894/5 dated [AH] 1311, (1894/5 AD). The Prime Minister of the time was Mirza 'Ali Asghar titled Atabak-e A'zam, Amin al-Sultan. Grand Minister under three Qajar rulers, he was born in 1858, and assassinated on 21 Rajab 1325/31 August 1907. - Christie's

The Feraghan Region

Farahan County is a county in Markazi Province in west-central Iran - the capital city is Farmahin. At the 2006 census, the county's population was 31,152 including 8,900 families. The county has three districts - the Central District, Khenejin District, and Saruq District, and two cities - Farmahin and Saruq (Sarouk, Sarough). The Farahan rug-producing region includes the area bordered by Guzan (Jozan), Arak (formerly Sultanabad), Kashan and Qom.

Consumer Notes

Once the American Sarouk Rug became a best-seller stateside, the classic Feraghan became less common for export. These now-rare pieces are a highly desirable commodity in today's market and the one (pictured below) was sold at auction in 1998 at Sotheby's New York - for $74,000.

April 15, 1998, this 14' 7" ×' 10' 4" Feraghan Carpet, North Persia last quarter 19th century sold for $74,000 - Sotheby's.

14' 7" ×' 10' 4" Feraghan Carpet (detail view of above carpet) - Sotheby's New York.

Nejad Rugs of Doylestown, PA is currently offering this 1 of a kind 8' 9" ×' 11' 9" Antique Genuine Persian Feraghan Carpet.
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Currently Nejad is offering the following antique Feraghan carpets for sale:

#23843 Feraghan  |  #987899 Feraghan

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