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Serab Rugs & Carpets

The Serab area in Azerbaijan Province, northwest Persia, forms the southeast corner of the roughly triangular Heriz weaving area. Serab is located approximately halfway between Tabriz and Ardebil. It is a small market town of considerable antiquity, having been mentioned by 10th-century historian and traveler Ibn Hawkal. It centers a rich agricultural area with about twenty minor surrounding villages. Serab has, as far back as surviving specimens go, specialized in strips or runners. Not scatter (throw) rugs and certainly not large carpets. The lesser grade Serabs are marketed in Ardebil and went under the trade name of “Ardebils." More recently, post-WWII rugs called "Ardebils" are in the Caucasian Shirvan style and are not woven in the Serab area.

Serab rugs are especially noted for their range of camel colors. 'Shotori' is Farsi for 'camel' and it has been assumed by almost all rug writers and collectors, that the camel-tone wool is actual camel hair. A look at the versos of camel-colored areas quickly puts this fiction to rest. Actual camel hair is finer, curlier, and fuzzier than wool with its thicker, straighter fibers. Camel hair browns are fuzzier and slightly raised on the rug back, while the wool areas are lower and smoother. Camel does not acquire a lustrous or metallic patina from use, either on the face or the verso of a rug, whereas wool does. Further, the little hairs on the versos never rub off in use while the wool develops a smooth and even hairless appearance. The camel tone in Serabs is produced by dyeing sheep wool, acquired from the nearby Shah Savan tribes, with walnut husks. This gives a brown varying from deep chocolate to light taupe, depending on the immersion time and initial amount of colorant. Alum is used as the mordant. The wool in Serabs is of high quality, particularly meaty and thick. Older Serabs often employ a rich red instead of camel for both fields and borders. In recent times, the [...]

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No. 32276
Persia, Mid-20th Century
3 ft. 2 in. x 10 ft. 5 in.
0.97 m x 3.18 m
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No. 31630
Persia, Early 20th Century
3 ft. 10 in. x 7 ft.
1.17 m x 2.13 m
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No. 31506
Persia, Late 20th Century
12 ft. x 17 ft. 11 in.
3.66 m x 5.46 m
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No. 30520
Persia, Early 20th Century
6 ft. 6 in. x 9 ft. 7 in.
1.98 m x 2.92 m
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No. 30316
Persia, Mid-20th Century
3 ft. 5 in. x 23 ft. 1 in.
1.04 m x 7.04 m
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No. 29153
Persia, Mid-20th Century
2 ft. 5 in. x 14 ft. 7 in.
0.74 m x 4.45 m
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No. 19138
Persia, Mid-20th Century
3 ft. 4 in. x 14 ft. 7 in.
1.02 m x 4.45 m
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6 ft. 2 in. x 11 ft. 2 in.
1.88 m x 3.40 m
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No. 28878
Persia, Early 20th Century
2 ft. 11 in. x 20 ft. 8 in.
0.89 m x 6.30 m
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No. 29086
Persia, Mid-20th Century
4 ft. 8 in. x 11 ft. 7 in.
1.42 m x 3.53 m
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No. 27928
Persia, Mid-20th Century
2 ft. 3 in. x 2 ft. 6 in.
0.69 m x 0.76 m
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2 ft. 11 in. x 5 ft. 5 in.
0.89 m x 1.65 m
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3 ft. 3 in. x 10 ft. 11 in.
0.99 m x 3.33 m
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No. 27938
Persia, Early 20th Century
4 ft. 10 in. x 10 ft.
1.47 m x 3.05 m
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3 ft. 1 in. x 12 ft. 9 in.
0.94 m x 3.89 m
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No. 28065
Persia, Early 20th Century
3 ft. 8 in. x 8 ft. 5 in.
1.12 m x 2.57 m
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3 ft. 2 in. x 11 ft. 8 in.
0.97 m x 3.56 m
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3 ft. 3 in. x 10 ft. 1 in.
0.99 m x 3.07 m
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No. 27023
Persia, Early 20th Century
3 ft. 5 in. x 6 ft. 6 in.
1.04 m x 1.98 m
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No. 28733
Persia, Circa 1940
5 ft. 3 in. x 10 ft.
1.60 m x 3.05 m
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No. 28803
Persia, Mid-20th Century
3 ft. 4 in. x 9 ft. 6 in.
1.02 m x 2.90 m
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No. 27773
Persia, 1930
2 ft. 11 in. x 13 ft. 10 in.
0.89 m x 4.22 m
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5 ft. 1 in. x 7 ft.
1.55 m x 2.13 m
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5 ft. 2 in. x 6 ft. 4 in.
1.57 m x 1.93 m
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No. 26526
Persia, Early 20th Century
2 ft. 9 in. x 17 ft. 9 in.
0.84 m x 5.41 m
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No. 17140
Persia, 1920
2 ft. 9 in. x 5 ft. 9 in.
0.84 m x 1.75 m
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3 ft. 9 in. x 9 ft. 2 in.
1.14 m x 2.79 m
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3 ft. x 15 ft.
0.91 m x 4.57 m
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No. 23120
Persia, 1920
2 ft. 3 in. x 9 ft. 4 in.
0.69 m x 2.84 m
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No. 21083
Persia, 1900
3 ft. 9 in. x 7 ft. 9 in.
1.14 m x 2.36 m
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