- Provenance: Iran, 19th Century
- Materiality: 100% Wool
- Dimensions: 9' W x 12' L
- Heirloom: Due to this item's handcrafted or reclaimed nature, there may be slight variations or imperfect qualities that give character to this one of a kind heirloom
- Timeless Aesthetic: This item is ageless in aesthetic, avoiding obsolescence, limited use, or an otherwise shortened lifespan due to changing styles and trends
What Have We Here ?
Carpet weaving has an essential place in the culture, economy, and art of the “Rug Belt”, a region that stretches from Morocco, through the Middle East, and ends in northern India. Persian carpets, first exported to ancient Greece and revered by great writers of the time, are specifically admired for their strong foundational warps and wefts, and a variety of painstakingly handcrafted elaborate designs.
Most well-known motifs range from archetypal, geometric, floral, and some even contain cosmic references to space and stars. These works of textile art are typically woven with wool, silk, or cotton and their creation can take anywhere from weeks to years. Serapi rugs are a subtype of Heriz rugs and are handcrafted in the northwest region of Iran. These revered carpets are noted for large-scale motifs that often feature medallions, and the textiles feature a more subtle color array than their Heriz counterparts.
How to Use It ?
Persian rugs range from typical, utilitarian functions to symbolic purposes, to art hanging in a home or gallery setting. The true beauty of these carpets is that they could serve several of these purposes across many lifespans. We recommend paying close attention to the motifs and colorscapes that were intentionally chosen by the weaver and visualizing where such a piece would be suited best in your space. If the choices are abundant, try unfurling this work of art in the heart of your home, far from the dirt and chaos of the outside world.
Why It Matters ?
Serapi rugs are woven with symmetrical knots that include a cotton foundation and a wool pile. This attention to detail and craft allows the carpet to withstand years of use and adoration. Thanks are due to the wise weavers who chose this sustainable, timeless technique and material so that we can preserve and enjoy this tapestry of both art and culture for decades, and even centuries, to come.