Heriz, Bakshaish Rugs
Origins of Persian Heriz Rugs & Bakshaish Rugs
Prized for their pronounced geometric style, impeccable execution and saturated color palettes, Persian Heriz rugs, also known as Serapi rugs, and Bakshaish rugs are in a class of their own. These mesmerizing carpets are regional cousins from northwest Persia, thus they share mutual origins. The northwest part of Persia is the area straddling the Caucasus mountains and Caspian sea, bordering with South Asia. It includes parts of Iran, Azerbaijan and Armenia. Therefore, Persian Heriz rugs and Bakshaish rugs represent the convergence of different cultures, from the Kazakhs and Khazars to the invading Mughals. In the past, the Northwest Persian district comprised of dozens of villages and niche communities hidden in the shadow of towering mountains and steep valleys which formed a stable carpet-producing network that has survived until this day and maintained its prestige thanks to the awe-inspiring Persian Heriz rugs and Bakshaish rugs.
The Secret Ingredient of Persian Heriz Rugs & Bakshaish Rugs
Characterized by elegant geometry, Persian Heriz rugs and Bakshaish rugs continue to attract new generations of consumers and collectors. The remarkable quality of these carpets, reflected in their toughness as well as elegant patina and rich colors, can be attributed to a secret ingredient. The town of Heriz lies on the slopes of the Mount Sabalan which in turn sits on a major deposit of copper. As it gets to the water of surrounding rivers, copper is absorbed by the sheep. Traces of copper in the drinking water of sheep contribute to the production high quality wool that is far more resilient than wool from other areas. Due to that fact, Persian Heriz rugs and Bakshaish rugs are absolutely exceptional and desired around the world.
Design of Northwest Persian Bakshaish Rugs & Heriz Rugs
Heriz rugs and Bakshaish rugs are among the most striking and recognizable oriental antique carpets within the Persian repertoire. Familiar configurations of powerful flower-head medallions, complementary spandrels and borders with angular stylized vinery, floral infill and bold palmettes rendered in an inimitably geometric fashion, have a charming simplicity of line. Despite their origins in fairly sophisticated workshops, a strong tribal quality exists in these particular antique Persian rugs. Both Heriz rugs (sometimes known as Serapi rugs) and Bakshaish rugs may be found with all-over designs and abstract interpretations of willow trees or ascending shield palmettes. In all but scale, these room sized carpets are redolent of the small antique Kazak rugs made by the Caucasian villagers to the north. Robustly constructed with large knots and often on a grand scale, the colors range from jewel tones of cherry red, navy blue and saffron yellow, to pale terracotta, sea foam, powder blue and ivory. The dynamic Heriz rugs and Bakshaish rugs and carpets have the flexibility to suitably adorn a broad spectrum of interiors, from a traditional gentleman's library to a cutting edge contemporary loft space.