Window Watch 9/17 “Simplicity is the ultimate in sophistication.”

Posted on September 19th, 2013 by Joshua Kebabian


#32584 Antique Serapi   10 x 11.8  Persia & Mountain Allure

#32584 Antique Serapi 10 x 11.8 Persia & Mountain Allure


The definitive antique Serapi circa 1880 displayed in WINDOW LEFT measures 10 x 11.8.  This Persian piece was hand-knotted in Northwest Persia using handspun vegetally dyed local mountain wool.  The vegetally dyed wool over time developed into an intense abrash creating a rugged beauty reminiscent of a mountain that has been carved by “life” over time.  The vegetal dyes mirror the wondrous mountain colors.

This Serapi is full of a playful and primitive energy.  Like an alluring mountain framed by the sky, this piece is framed by sky blue beginning with the outside guard border which is repeated once and filled with a sky blue field loaded with primitive elements including  insects, flowers for paradise, split lotus leaves, ram’s horns and more.

The main border boasts the classic turtle design.  Like the turtle which represents constancy, this carpet has faithfully brought “home” and an untroubled and carefree vibe to the spaces it has landed for over 130 years.


The handsome Persian Heriz “Serapi design” displayed in WINDOW RIGHT exemplifies Leonardo DaVinci’s

#34991f  Fine Heriz  Serapi Design 8.10x12  Persia

#34991f Fine Heriz Serapi Design 8.10×12 Persia

statement, “Simplicity is the ultimate in sophistication.”  The simplicity of the design resonates both beauty and strength. The classic Serapi colors of red, blue and ivory are masterfully utilized including a field of undyed ivory which quiets the piece and sets off the other colors brilliantly creating a work of art that is irresistibly pleasing to the eye!

Why do we say Perisan Heriz “Serapi design”?  Historically, carpets were named based on the location in which they were woven, not the design. For example:  Ispahans were woven in  Ispahan,  Kashans were woven in Kashan, and Bijars were woven in the Bijar area of Iran.  The various weaving districts inevitably developed designs that were characteristic of their respective location or history.  In the contemporary world today the trend is changing.  Rugs are being named based on design and/or weave technique.  The Tibetans are a good example of a carpet being named as a result of the weave technique.  Tibetans are now woven in Nepal not Tibet using a Tibetan style weave.  Therefore, the fine Heriz “Serapi design” was woven in Heriz using the Serapi design.

The understated Serapi is simply lovely.  This carpet will add distinction and grace wherever it lands!



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