Sarouk Carpets & Rugs

Sarouk is the name given to the best quality weavings from the Arak weaving district of North-western Iran, an area also known as Sultanabad. During the period in which this rug was made, the weaving industry had experienced an economic boom under the direction of foreign firms who commissioned textiles for Western Markets, particularly America. The most notable was the presence of the Manchester based firm Ziegler & Co. which had been founded in the region in 1883. [1]

 Sarouk rugs are identifiable by their striking medallion compositions and use of brightly coloured floral sprays. This rug exhibits all the splendour of Sarouk carpets from this period consisting of a central black medallion on a red-orange field. This rug would have been bleached and re-dyed before it would have been originally sold.[2]This process was used to intensify certain colours which wouldn’t have been produced in shades that were deep enough within the original pile yarns. This practice was customary amongst nearly all of the weavings from this period and region. Like most Sarouk rugs, this rug has a knot density of around 200 Knots per square inch. The rug is made from the highest quality of wool in the region. The handle is of a thick and durable nature.

[1] Jennifer Scarce, ‘Gazeteer; Persia’, in David Black (ed.) , The Atlas of Rugs and Carpets, (London, 1994), pg 136

[2] Aram Jerrehian, New Oriental Rugs, (London, 1980), pg 170