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Antique handmade oversized carpet #42554 Sarouk Farahan Iran 18.2 x 13.0 feet

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Item Number: 42554
Provenance: Sarouk Farahan
Country of Origin: Iran
Size: 18.2 x 13.0 ft
Made: ca. 1880
Pile: wool
Foundation
(warp and weft):
cotton
Design: floral / little medallion
Ground Color: ivory
Remarks: perfect condition, full pile. This piece has been dyed with vegetable dyes only.
Price (incl. VAT): US-$ 180,000

Estimated delivery time:
4 - 8 working days

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More about the provenance Sarouk Farahan | Iran

Sarouk is located in West Iran, in the zone of production of Arak. The source of this important provenance has been in the village of Sarouk (also written Sarough) North of Arak. Sarouks are known to be of high quality. The pile is usually higher than the average Persian rug and therefore Sarouks are rather heavy and solid rugs, the wool being used is high quality durable wool. Sarouk Farahan (Feraghan) rugs are influenced by the Feraghan tradition in design and colors. Farahan is an important carpet center and is located in the triangle Qum-Arak-Hamadan in Central Persia in a highland. Farahan's peak time was in the 18th century when Nadir Shah settled carpet makers here (therefore probably the high number of Herati- (Mahi-) designs in Farahan rugs. Most of the old Farahan carpets were made in Muskabad, which was destroyed completely at the end of the 19th century. That was also the time when Farahan rugs were extremely popular in England, being called the "Gentleman carpet". Their fundament is mostly quite thick and the pile is always made of first class wool. Old and antique Farahans are rare and very valuable rugs with subtle colors and designs.

The wool of this rug has been dyed with vegetable dyes only which became very rare in Oriental rugs. Since ca. 1850 synthetic dyes found their way into carpet production. Ever since they replaced natural vegetable dyes more and more also due to the fact that the production of vegetable dyes is very time consuming and difficult. But the "aura of genuineness" can be reached to its full extent with vegetable dyes only. Vegetable dyes are made from leaves, flowers, branches, fruits and roots. They give Oriental rugs a particularly harmonic look. In general Oriental rugs "age" better and more beautifully with vegetable dyes than with synthetic dyes plus they increase a carpet's value. Most of today's production is made with synthetic dyes which makes this rug an even more desirable piece. Unfortunately many rugs in the market are being labelled as being vegetable dyed which in many colors is simply not true which damages the reputation of the carpet industry altogether.



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