Size: 5'1" x 6'11"
Content: 100% Wool
Weave: Medium-short pile
In northwestern Iran, about 40 miles east of the city of Tabriz, sits a group of about 30 towns and villages, the largest and most significant of which is Heriz. Carpets have been made in this area since at least the early 1800s, but probably much longer. The area around Heriz is one of the most important and prolific carpet producing regions in Iran. Heriz carpets have come to be known as the “workhorse” carpets of Iran because of their incredible durability. This is a result of their heavy construction - thick cotton warps and wefts (the “foundation” of the rug to which the pile is knotted) and dense pile of thickly spun, hard wearing wool. In general the carpets from the district are labeled by grade rather by origin, and the different grades are named after different villages. The finer qualities are sometimes called “Serapi”, after the village or Serab, and some coarser rugs have been called “Ghorovans “ or “Mehribans”, though most are simply labeled “Heriz.”
The thick foundation, knots, and wool result in a lower knot count, but this should not be taken as an indicator of a lower quality rug. They are excellent with much diversity and individuality with regard to design and color. The most distinctive design features are large center medallion and bold motifs in the corners of the field. They often feature leaves and other plant forms as well. The colors are dominated usually by a rich rosy or rusty brown, with bold navy and lighter sky blue, light to medium pink, greens, ivory, and a khaki-gold. Because of their popularity, they are also often woven in India.