This Heriz rug was handwoven in Northwest Iran, during the turn of the 20th century.
Great quality 19th century Heriz rugs are often referred to as Serapi. Rugs that feature characteristics of both younger Heriz and older Serapis are often referred to as "baby Serapi" in the trade.
It features a classic Heriz patterning with a strong geometric central medallion on a madder red ground. The four cornices mirror the design from the medallion in a different color combination. The main border is composed of an alternating rosette and serrated leaf pattern, while the minor borders feature floral meanders. It is woven with the coarseness and feel of 20th century Heriz rugs, but a palette more associated with earlier Serapi rugs. It has a lovely and desirable combination of faded brick, sage, soft golds, vibrant corals, and multiple shades of blues found in both the sky and the sea. Camel and ivory are used sparingly to emphasize details.
In very good condition for its considerable age. Evenly worn with some spots of the blue-dyed weft peaking through. Ends have been expertly (and mostly invisibly) rewoven and reinforced in some spots. Low pile with a sturdy handle.