Sarouk Rug

The Sarouk carpet is a relatively recent type of antique Persian rug. In the 19th century there were Ferahans produced in the Arak (Sultanabad) district of northeast Iran. There carpets were generally thin with dark blue fields,sometimes red, with small scale repeating Herati designs in scatters and long carpets (Kelleh). They were primarily for Persian domestic use.
For about thirty years there were transition types: The Ferahan Sarouk, up until 1914. There were stiffer with short erect pile, fine Persian knots on cotton foundations. There are both scatter and room size carpets in medallion patterns and corners patterns, and innovative overall designs as well.
After WWI, the Sarouk, was invented as an export to America. There carpets are heavy with excellent pile wool. Almost all are in allover detached floral patterns on red grounds with ensuite blue borders. Most are in 9’x12′ size. There are numerous grades of Sarouks. The best came from the village of Mohajeran and the 1920’s carpets are in dark blue with spacious drawn elements. There are particularly desirable. Later Mohajeran carpets in the prevailing Sarouk manner. Custom carpets were woven in the Sarouk area, up to 20’x30′.
Sarouks made for the European trade are in traditional Persian patterns often on ivory grounds. Only recently have European clients accepted the American-style Sarouks of the 1920’s-1950’s as worthy of consideration. They are drawn to the excellent wool and wearing ability. Since Sarouks were woven over a long period, they can still be found in excellent condition and at reasonable prices.

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