Posted on: June 16, 2020
Vintage Heriz Persian Carpet
Woven in 1920, this vintage Heriz Persian carpet has only grown more stunning over time. Its design has also aged beautifully, remaining relevant in today’s world of interiors.
Heriz rugs take their name from the area in northwestern Iran where they are woven. More specifically, this rug comes from the village of Mehraban. At one hundred years old, this vintage Heriz Persian carpet remains in great condition. This is partially because it was born from tightly handspun, vegetable-dyed wool. It is also because resilience is inherent in the weave of a true Heriz rug.
The durability of this vintage Heriz Persian carpet is due in part to its voluminous composition and weaving technique. It has a relatively thick cotton warp and an even heavier cotton weft. Despite its thick yarn, its weave is fine because of the high twist of the wool pile and its cotton warp and weft structure. Furthermore, the Heriz weave only uses a single weft rather than a double weft like most Persian carpets. Its pile consists of symmetrical “Turkish” knots, separated by a single weft that holds the row securely in place.
The design of this vintage Heriz Persian carpet is based on a Persian garden. This Mehraban’s improvisational depiction follows the manner of most village rugs. Its weaver drew inspiration from what she saw around her. In this case, she created her own version of the typical garden found in the center of a traditional Persian home. The central medallion represents the pool in the center of the garden. A cream field filled with different geometric floral motifs surrounds a brightly colored center. The thick red border is filled with caterpillar and butterfly patterns to commemorate the circle of life. Thin blue bands filled with flower scrolls complement the wider border. The light pink, blue, gold, and red yarns bring this garden to life.
All of this work culminates in this stellar vintage rug that remains in excellent condition and measures 4’11” x 6’3″. Visit Orley Shabahang’s 1stdibs page for more information on this vintage Heriz Persian carpet. While there, check out our wide array of handmade carpets. Whether you love antique, vintage, modern, or contemporary styles, we have the perfect carpet for your floor!