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Guide to Sarab and Serapi Rugs and Carpets

Produced in Northwest Persia in the district of Iranian-Azerbaijan, this Serapi carpet is an excellent example of the Heriz medallion and the locally-preferred color scheme, including coppery reds and the classic Persian blue, which have acquired a gentle patina.

With classic split-leaf motifs, dramatic cloud band corner accents,and well-developed borders that include intact guard bands, this carpet represents many of the region’s iconic traits.

 

 sAntique Heriz Persian Rugs 44802

Antique Heriz Persian Rugs 44802

Style: Heriz-Serapi Rug Origin: Persian Rugs Size: 6 ft 5 in x 8 ft 6 in (1.96 m x 2.59 m)

The Antique Serapi Heriz Rug

The Antique Serapi Heriz Rug is one of the most sought after rugs particularly in the USA and England for many years. Antique Serapi rugs are a major draw particularly in big city America, No other rug so epitomizes the "East Coast Establishment" than the Antique Serapi Heriz carpet.

The term Seapi however is an amazingly emotional and evocative term for rug collectors. Some people call them Seapi rugs and others call them Antique Heriz Rugs. The intensity of feeling is similar to that  reserved for politics and sports rivalry.

The line between a Serapi and an antique Heriz is more a matter of style than substance. For instance Sotheby's New York does not generally use the term Serapi while their counterparts at Sotheby's London regularly use the term. In Germany both Nagel and Rippon Boswell use the term Serapi.

Antique Serapi Heriz Rugs

Antique Heriz Persian Rug from Nazmiyal 43621

Antique Serapi Heriz Rugs
Antique Silk Heriz Persian Rug from Nazmiyal 7996

From Sarab to Serapi

Sarab was both a town and a Khanate. Khanate is an old fashion term for an administrative district or state. The use of i on the end indicates that it is from Sarab so simply put Sarabi means from Sarab. All the rugs and carpets from the Heriz area would have been known as Sarab under the old name of the area. The carpets known in the trade as Serapi are clearly from the old Sarab Khanate. How then did Sarabi carpets become known as Serapi? I suggest that about the time the west was coming to know the carpets of Sarab a major news and gossip item was the Prince of Wales 1876 trip to India on the H.M.S. Serapis. Similar words and I suggest that Serapis became the popular pronunciation since it was the more familiar sound.

  • Prior to 1813 Sarab and the whole greater Mount Savalan region including the rug producing areas such as Heriz, Ahar, Gorevan, etc.. was the Khanate of Sarab. see Chronology of Azerbaijan History and neighboring regions

  • Cecil Edwards made the point that Serapi rugs are from Sarab.

  • In the United States the highest quality of Antique Heriz Carpets are called Serapi.

  • Quality is higher than the average and knot counts are around 80 knots per square inch with the very best going up to 100 knots per square inch. 

  • Serapi rugs fall into two separate styles. The all over design is fairly busy but the other group is the medallion style. The medallion rugs are far less busy than later Heriz rugs. Both groups have the mellow jewel tones of antique natural dyed rugs.

  • A Serapi Northwest Persia, Azerbaijan, 2nd half 19th century

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