Serapi
9' 4" x 11' 6"
Circa 1900
North Persia
Ref no. 5365
Wool
Serapi #1
Serapi - 9' 4" x 11' 6"
The term ‘Serapi’ is used to distinguish very finest examples of the Heriz family of carpets produced in the Northwest of Persia. They have the same boldness of composition and angular, geometric drawing. But the best Serapi carpets like this one have an unusual spontaneity and openness of design. At the center of the luminous red field is a latent, openwork medallion articulated by attenuated dark navy arabesque tendrils or vines with ivory contours for added accent.

Additional vines of this kind fill out the field into four corners, with the general effect of an allover composition. Pale green, salmon, and aqua palmettes punctuate the dominant contrast of red and navy. A lace-like rosette vinescroll main border set on a navy ground frames the field, providing a contrast in density and texture as well as color. Rarely do color and design combine so adroitly to achieve such an animated decorative effect.

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