Antique Persian Sarouk Sarough Rug

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 photos 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 (or saruq or saruk or sarukh) 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). Aschenbrenner, Erich, Oriental Rugs Volume 2 Persian (Antique Collectors Club, Woodbridge, 1981); Aidala, Thomas R., Hearst Castle-San Simeon (Harrison House, New York, 1984) 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. For more information on this item and on French antiques, visit M. Markley Antiques on the Web -- the ultimate website for French Gothic Revival and Renaissance Revival furniture, including Henri II, Louis XIII, Louis XIV, Louis XV styles.

Item Details

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Textiles, Clothing & Accessories
Antiques (approx100yrs)
Circa 1920
(Width x Height X Depth)
136.00 x 232.00 x
very good
wool on cotton