Most of them were made in the second quarter of the 20th century, from the 1920’s to about 1950. This was the time when after the World War II trends in carpet industry started to change – handmade carpets were no longer as popular as their cheaper machine-made counterparts, available in every town. While it does not mean that handcrafted carpets ceased to exist, both weavers and manufacturers had to evolve in order to satisfy their new clientele.
Curiously enough, when it comes to the price, semi-antique rugs are much cheaper than their antique counterparts, even if they were made using the same technique and materials. The difference can be around 40% less. What is the reason for that? Generally speaking, collectors and aficionados believe that age is one of the most desirable qualities in a rug. The older it is, the more is it worth, as it is the case with all antiques on the market.
Persian Heriz rugs are one of best known and most desirable semi-antique carpets. Woven since the beginning of twentieth century, Heriz are famous for their durability and knot count per square inch (kpsi) of between 36-56. This makes them a great investment even for less experienced collectors. They are almost exclusively woven on the cotton base and their pile is made of high quality wool. When it comes to the design, Heriz sport geometrical patterns and vivacious colors, not unlike other Persian rugs. Their rather large medalions sit upon a field of deep red or luminous rust, surrounded by a blue border. Spandrels placed in the carpet’s corners are usually in shade of white.
Some may think of semi antiques as inferior to antique carpets, but this is hardly true. When it comes to the quality or design, the differences tend to be very small to the point of being insignificant. What’s more, with each passing year, a rug increases its worth together with age, until it finally becomes antique.