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Antique Heriz Oriental Rugs and Carpets

Common Sizes: 8' x 10' thru 12' x 15'.

Approximate KPSI: Generally 49 thru 72 kpsi.  Coarser than 49 may indicate a Gorovan, or more outlying village weaving.

Materials:  Wool pile with cotton foundation.

Common Motif:  Geometric attributes.  Commonly feature a center medallion with covered, allover field and neutral-tone spandrels.

Distinguishing Characteristics:  Bold designs, coarser weave.  Heriz pre-1920 often were on the thinner side.

Typical Price Points**: $20 - $120 per square foot.

Signatures/dates: Rarely

Alternative Spellings: Heris


An antique* Heriz is a type of Persian Rug which is at least 100 years of age. Heriz carpets are notorious for their durability, heavier gauge knot count, geometric patterns and  bold colors.  Heriz rugs have a heavier handle, and are almost always wool pile on cotton foundation.  Heriz carpets often have a large medallion placed on top of a rust or brick red field wrapped with a blue border.  Corner spandrels are usually white, and common design elements include a samovars in the border. Common colors seen in Heriz carpets of this vintage are as seen below:

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Heris, Iran is located in the mountains of the northwestern part of Iran


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*An antique Oriental rug or carpet is defined by the ORRA (Oriental Rug Retailers of America) as a piece which meets or exceeds 100+ years of age.  This 100 year old rule reflects a more conservative evaluation, which is a nod to an old internationally accepted customs law.  To this day, most museums, reputable sellers and collectors alike will only consider an Oriental Rug as being "antique" if it is, in fact, 100 years or older.

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