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Rugs - Item 9463
Antique Persian Sarouk

Item 9463 - Antique sarouk
Item 9463 Antique Persian Sarouk* Rug
Dimensions 11'4" by 19'4" (in inches) - Palace Size
Materials Wool
Date Circa 1920
Country Iran
Price $21,995  Clearance Sale Price $10,995
Description

We 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.

With 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.

An 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).

Reference

Aschenbrenner, Erich, Oriental Rugs Volume 2 Persian (Antique Collectors Club, Woodbridge, 1981); Aidala, Thomas R., Hearst Castle-San Simeon (Harrison House, New York, 1984)

Uses

The rug commands a large space and with its bright hues is ideal to enhance the elegance of rooms filled with furniture ranging in style from antique to contemporary.

9463-Sarouk-border
 

9463-Sarouk with sunlight
with spot of sunlight

9463-Sarouk-lighter angle
with shadows from folds

9463-Sarouk-detail
 

9463-Sarouk-center

 

 

 *also spelled saruq, sarukh, saruk

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