recently opened a new studio and decided it was the
perfect space to unroll and appreciate this remarkable
carpet while taking some better photographs designed
to highlight its beauty and condition. The photo,
above, and the others at the end of this narrative,
are views from different angles to highlight the richness
of the rug and to illustrate the contrast when a pool
of light focuses on the lower left-hand corner.
its rich, dark rose-colored field and navy blue borders, this "palace
size" Sarouk is a classic example of the Persian weaver's art of the 19th
century in a style destined primarily for export (also known as the "American
Sarouk"). Design elements include herati, floral patterns and sweeping vine
motifs. Known for their durability and
lustrous wool, Sarouks of this period, size, rich coloration and excellent
condition are highly prized. The rug
has been cleaned recently and the only repair is to an edge binding. Due to
its immense size, photographing it has been difficult
and it should be seen in person to be appreciated.
indication of the high esteem this type of rug enjoys
is evidenced by the presence of a virtual twin
in the second-floor main sitting room of La
Casa Grande or main house of San Simeon (also
known as Hearst Castle).