Antique Sarouk Rugs Provide Luxurious Elegance
Persian rugs are known for their richness and beauty. The characteristics and quality of these historic floor coverings vary frequently, particularly when they are created in completely different areas. From the late 1800s to early 1900s, in the southwestern part of Iran, weavers crafted magnificent Sarouk rugs. Antique Sarouk rugs derive their name from a village found twenty miles north of Arak, Iran. While production lasted only a few decades, the weavers were extremely prolific and Sarouk rugs remain notable for their luxurious appeal and excellent quality.
Origins of Sarouk Rugs
As mentioned before, Sarouk rugs take their name from a village located nearby the city of Arak. These fascinating carpets have been produced for much of the twentieth century and their early success is largely owed to the American market. From the 1910s to approximately 1950s there was made a specific type of Sarouk rugs known as “American Sarouk” or the “painted Sarouk”. Although American customers developed a taste for curvilinear and floral designs of Sarouk rugs, they did appreciate original colors. Thus, for much of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s carpets exported from Iran were dyed to a desirable, deep raspberry-red shade once they arrived in the USA. Sarouk rugs continue to be created today, using the same methods as during early weaving, with the exception of the post-production coloring of the pieces. Known for their outstanding quality and ability to withstand decades of foot traffic and intense usage, Sarouk rugs continue to be best-sellers, sought out by collectors and design aficionados alike.
Design of Sarouk Rugs
Antique Sarouk rugs have a high pile and are generally at least two layers thick. This thickness contributes to the rugs’ unusual durability which is perfect for anyone searching for a highly reliable antique pieces. Sarouk rugs were typically created with blue weft thread. Their coloring usually consist of a blue background with cream, bright blue, pale red, orange, green, or brown shades creating the details and patterns. Many of Sarouk rugs comprise of a focal central design and the iconic Herati pattern. The designs are usually smooth and curvilinear. Most of Sarouk rugs are large, thus they are frequently referred to as room-size rugs. Interestingly enough, the weavers of these mesmerizing carpets most often used Persian asymmetrical knotting but occasionally some Sarouk rugs employ Turkish knots which are symmetrical. The quality of each rug may be discovered by the tightness of the weaving and the number of knots per square inch. A general rule is that the more knots the higher the quality.
While all Persian rugs are known for beauty and opulence, antique Sarouk rugs stand out as examples of the best in the category. Sarouk rugs are thick enough to endure much abuse and foot traffic so you can rest assured there rarely will be any damage or wear. The demand for Sarouk rugs is quite high as buyers appreciate the beauty, comfort, and durability of Sarouk carpets. These floor coverings are also an object of interest to museums and collectors.