Vintage Heriz Handwoven Tribal Rug, J68612



Size: 8' 8" X 11' 10"

SKU: J68612

Pile Fiber: Wool

Surface: Pile

Age: Vintage

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SKU J68612
Size 8' 8" X 11' 10"
Size Category 9 X 12
Shape Rectangle
Design Heriz
Origin Persian
Style Tribal
Sub Style Nomadic Persian & Turkish
Primary Color Brown
Background Color Mocha
Accent Color Sage
Pile Fiber Wool
Foundation Fiber Cotton
Construction Handwoven
Surface Pile
Age Vintage
Circa 1940

This is a Heriz-style Persian rug dating back to the 1940s. Its design is fundamentally tribal, with complex motifs encompassing a variety of shapes and figures. The pattern to which the viewer's attention is first drawn is an elongated diamond situated at the rug's center, swathed in an intricate bouquet of symmetrical geometrical patterns and delicate floral designs.

The central diamond's borders comprise multiple layers of similar designs executed with intense attention to detail. The secondary diamond, mirroring the design of the larger one, houses finely crafted floral patterns, angular forms, and star-like shapes - all signs indicative of the level of precision and striving for equilibrium employed during the rug's construction.

The area surrounding the central diamond is decorated with myriad geometric shapes coupled with minor floral elements and plant-like figures, further adding to the carpet's comprehensive pattern, while reflecting the great care and meticulousness exercised by the rugmaker in every aspect of the rug's creation.

The rug's main field is bordered by a broad primary border and flanked by narrower secondary ones. The primary border continues the complex designs and figures seen throughout the pattern with further repeating geometric structures and highly detailed designs in concordance with the central field. On each side, the narrower borders repeat a simplified pattern adding a sense of contrast to the overall design complexity.

The rug's material is wool on cotton. The firm yet flexible rug structure is composed of durable woven threads exhibiting a blend of different muted colors including beige, which serves as the main color. The varying shades of beige, gray, taupe, and possibly off-white lend the rug a sophisticated, understated finish, enabling it to blend seamlessly with multiple interior design styles.

Originating from the Heris village in northwestern Iran, Heriz rugs are known for their distinctive designs and exceptional durability characteristics. These rugs traditionally feature bold geometric patterns and vibrant colors, crafted from premium quality wool to ensure longevity. The particular style of this rug, which features a distinctive diamond-on-square medallion pattern, dates back to the late 19th century. The origin of the Heriz design can be traced back to rug weavers who cleverly adapted antique rug patterns to cater to the demand for large carpets for export by Tabriz merchants.

Heriz rugs are woven using techniques derived from past Mongol invaders who settled in northwestern Iran in the 13th century. The long, cold winters of the Heriz region yield high-quality wool, the primary material utilized in the creation of these rugs. The weaving of Heriz rugs primarily functions as a winter occupation.

These rugs are conduits of cultural exchange, housing a rich blend of design elements and techniques borrowed from neighboring tribes such as the Turks, Armenians, and Kurds. This unique confluence of influences is mirrored in the distinctively bold angular designs of Heriz rugs, setting them apart in the vast universe of Persian rugs.

Constructed maintaining a dense pile, Heriz rugs are known for their remarkable durability, effectively standing the test of time. Their limited palette of harmonious pastel colors fosters an easy unification with varied home settings, particularly those featuring woodwork. Despite their popularity in the global carpet market, the traditional techniques employed to manufacture these rugs have been steadfastly preserved, thus maintaining and conserving their authenticity and cultural value.

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