The reception room at the Maryland State House has now been furnished with a brand new custom carpet, reports the Baltimore Sun. The carpet had been ordered with very strict specifications, apparently featuring an eight foot replica of the Maryland State Seal.
The design of this carpet is what would be considered a classic "American" Sarouk design. While original "Sarouk" Rugs were produced in Iran, the term "American" has been a prefix to a certain style of these carpets as a nod to where great demand was coming from for these rugs. America design tastes in and around the first quarter 1900 really began dictating what Persian weavers would produce. Often this variety of carpets feature floral sprays and bouqets on a covered field as seen below. It has been noted the carpet was actually custom ordered and woven in India, for which more formal attribution to designs may be cited as an "Indo Sarouk," which has the implication of being an Indian Interpretation of an "American Sarouk" Design.
According to the Baltimore Sun, Elaine Rice Bachmann, director of Artistic Property at the State archives, stated: "It's an investment that's worthwhile.... This is arguably the most important room in the State House. [And] should last forever."
The carpet was ordered in early 2006 with a price tag of $37,500 (it does take some time for these rugs to be designed, created, and shipped!).
The Rug Rag Opinion: While it sounds like a great deal of money, assuming this is a hand knotted rug, this is not an unexpected price (unlike Governor Paterson's $40,000 Rug Spree). Custom sizes can be quite
an investment, especially when special designing is called for and
over-sized pieces as this piece appears to be. Seen right: Baltimore Sun photo by Amy Davis / January 6, 2009
Check out a typical American Sarouk Design Rug on eBay