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New to Semi Antique Heriz Oriental Rugs and Carpets

 A semi antique* Heriz is a type of Persian Rug which is at least 50 years old, no older than 99 years old.  Heriz carpets are notorious for their durability, heavier gauge knot count, geometric patterns and  bold colors.  Heriz rugs often have a heavier handle with kpsi in the vicinity of 36-56, although this does vary, and are almost always wool pile on cotton foundation.  Heriz carpets often have a large medallion placed on top of a bright red or rust 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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Large Red Heriz Persian Oriental Area Rug 8x10 Wool

Seen below: A semi antique heriz from the mid-20th Century

*An antique is most commonly accepted in the oriental rug Industry as a  carpet which is of 100+ years of age.  There are some dealers who claim 80 years qualifies as an antique, which is understandable.  However, the 100 year 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. 


One or more example(s) photographed above courtesy Dilmaghani & Co. from the inventory of their NY Oriental Rug Warehouse Outlet or NY showroom of Oriental Rugs 

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