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Handmade Antique Serapi Style Rug, 1880s, 1B798
Located in Bordeaux, FR
Antique handwoven Serapi rug from the end of 19th century. It is in good condition, made in red, navy blue and sky blue wool. -condition: good, -circa: 1880s, -size: 8.10' x...
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Antique 1880s Asian Indian Rugs

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Wool

Antique Persian Serapi Rug, 4'11" x 6'3"
Located in Evanston, IL
Antique Persian Serapi rug, Persia, circa 1900. This remarkable and artistic antique rug, showcases an ornate, multicolored central design. At the heart of the antique Persian Heriz ...
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Antique Early 1900s Persian Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

Antique Persian Serapi Lumbar Pillow
Located in New York, NY
Pillow made from a fine quality Persian Serapi rug.
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21st Century and Contemporary Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton, Foam

Antique Persian Serapi Carpet, Handmade Wool Oriental Rug, Ivory and Light Blue
Located in New York, NY
Antique Serapi carpets are one of the most sought after rugs particularly in America and England for many years. Antique Serapi rugs are a major draw particularly in big city America...
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Antique 1880s Persian Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

Antique Serapi Rug
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Antique Serapi rug Measurement: 12'1 "x 21'.
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Antique 1880s Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

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W 145 in. L 252 in.
Antique Serapi Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
A hand knotted antique Serapi rug with a medallion geometric design. This piece would be the perfect addition to your home. This rug measures 11'8" x 17'7".  
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Antique Late 19th Century Asian Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

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W 140 in. L 211 in.
Antique Serapi Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
Measures: 9.7” x 12'.1 Unusual Serapi carpet with all-over design and large motives very decorative. Woven in the rugged mountains of Northwest of Persia, Serapi rugs are a distin...
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Antique 1890s Persian Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

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W 115 in. L 145 in.
Antique Serapi Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Serapi rug, measures: 6'0" x 6'0".
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Antique Early 1900s Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

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W 72 in. L 72 in.
Antique Serapi Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Serapi rug, measures: 2'8" x 17'4".
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Antique 1880s Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

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W 32 in. L 208 in.
Antique Serapi Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Serapi rug, size: 9'10" x 11'10".
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Antique 1880s Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

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W 118 in. L 142 in.
Antique Persian Serapi Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
This antique Persian Serapi is a distinct Heriz region style, woven in the mountains of Northwest Persia. Borrowing design elements from many traditions. Rich contrasting colors are ...
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Early 20th Century Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

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W 114 in. L 475 in.
Antique Persian Serapi Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
Pale gold, rose and coral with soft celadon accents set a quietly sunny mood in this ethereally-aged antique Serapi. A highly stylized geometric center medallion anchors the rug and ...
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Early 20th Century Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

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W 111 in. L 144 in.
Antique Serapi Rug, 4'8" x 6'5"
Located in Evanston, IL
Serapi (antique Heriz) rugs are to all intents and purposes a particular type or grade of what are called Heriz rugs more specifically the highest grade in terms of weave and very pr...
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Early 20th Century Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

Antique Persian Serapi Rug
Located in Atlanta, GA
With an adaptation of ancient weaving, Serapi carpets are prized for their fine craftsmanship and good taste. This very finely woven antique Serapi rug represents the finest of Serap...
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Antique 19th Century Persian Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

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W 108 in. L 137 in.
Antique Persian Serapi Rug
Located in New York, NY
Majestic room sized antique Serapi rug, country of origin / rug type: Antique Persian rugs, date circa 1900. Size: 10 ft 3 in x 11 ft 8 in (3.12 m x 3.56 m). This beautiful antique S...
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Early 20th Century Persian Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

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W 123 in. L 140 in.
Antique Persian Serapi Runner
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
This Serapi rug is an excellent representation of why they are some of the most famous rugs from Iran, because of their very unique and distinguishable style. This rug features a str...
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20th Century Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

Antique Persian Serapi Rug
Located in New York, NY
Spacious room size antique persian serapi rug. Antique Serapi carpets were woven on the level of a family or small workshop with multiple weavers working several years to complete e...
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Early 20th Century Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

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W 114 in. L 141 in.
Antique Persian Serapi Rug
Located in New York, NY
An absolutely exquisite rare size 19th century antique bold Persian Serapi rug. The finest antique Persian Serapis are geometric or stylized floral in design. The great majority o...
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Antique 1870s Persian Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

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W 171 in. L 226 in.
Antique Persian Serapi Rug
Located in Atlanta, GA
Serapi rugs represent the finest grade of rugs made in the Heriz and surrounding areas. At the center of the rug lies a rich orange field containing a cruciform medallion in blue-bla...
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Antique 19th Century Persian Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

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W 116 in. L 136 in.
Antique Persian Serapi Rug
Located in New York, NY
Rare size all-over motif Serapi rug on a matching cherry red colored ground and border.
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Antique Late 19th Century Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

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W 56 in. L 102 in.
Serapi Rug Antique, c. 1880s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a Serapi rug made c. 1880s. It has a central floral like medallion that is surrounded by a soft reddish terra cotta color. It also has 4 structures in the corners before the ...
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Antique 1880s Asian Serapi Central Asian Rugs

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Wool

  • Serapi Rug Antique, c. 1880s
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W 138 in. L 192 in.
Antique Heriz-Serapi Rug
Located in Atlanta, GA
This antique Persian Heriz-Serapi from the early 20th century bears an exquisite design rendered in gorgeous, warm hues of red and denim blue. A highly stylized geometric center meda...
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Early 20th Century Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

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W 56 in. L 76 in.
Antique Serapi Rug / Bakhshaish Rug with Salmon Background Light Blue Border
Located in Atlanta, GA
Bakhshaish Rug Antique Carpet from 19th Century with Salmon Background and Colorful Geometric design, rug/20402, origin/ Iran This antique Persian Bakhshaish Serapi carpet from the ...
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Antique 1890s Persian Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

Antique Serapi Persian Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Serapi rug, size: 10'6" x 14'3".
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Antique 1890s Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

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W 126 in. L 171 in.
Hand Knotted Antique Serapi Rug Geometric Burnt Red and Blue Persian Rug
Located in Long Island City, NY
Hand knotted in wool originating from Persia circa 1890-1900, this handmade antique Persian rug enjoys a Serapi geometric pattern of exceptional scale and magnificence. The grand nat...
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Antique 1890s Persian Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

Antique Persian Serapi Oversize Rug
Located in New York, NY
An antique Persian Serapi 15' x 22 oversize rug handmade during the early 20th century. Measures: 15' 2" x 22' 0".
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Early 20th Century Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

Antique Rust Serapi Wool Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
Beautiful antique Serapi style rug with a rust field and blue and beige accents with an all-over geometric medallion design. This rug measures 10' 10" x 14' 7", circa 1920.
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Early 20th Century Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

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W 130 in. L 175 in.
Antique Persian Heriz Serapi Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
This beautiful Antique  hand-knotted Persian Heriz  rug  is made in wool. It's measures are: 10'.7 x 13'.10. and the origin of this Antique Persian Heriz Rug is Iran.
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Vintage 1920s Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

Antique Persian Serapi Heriz Rug
Located in New York, NY
An early 20th century dramatic Masculine and colorful Persian Heriz Serapi carpet. Heriz carpets are beloved for their versatility. Their geometry complements modern furnishings a...
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Early 20th Century Persian Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

Antique Persian Serapi Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Persian Serapi rug. Size; 8'3" x 15'0".
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Antique 1870s Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

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W 99 in. L 180 in.
Antique Persian Serapi Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Persian Serapi rug. Size: 10' 0" x 14' 0".
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Antique Early 1900s Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

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W 120 in. L 168 in.
Antique Persian Serapi Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Persian Serapi rug, size: 10'0" x 13'4".
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Antique 1880s Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

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W 120 in. L 160 in.
Antique Persian Serapi Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Persian Serapi rug. Size: 12'6" x 14'6".
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Antique 1880s Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

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W 150 in. L 174 in.
Antique Persian Serapi Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Persian Serapi rug, size: 10'0" x 12'0".
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Antique Early 1900s Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

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W 120 in. L 144 in.
Antique Persian Serapi Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Persian Serapi rug. Size: 12'4" x 20'0".
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Antique 1890s Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

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W 148 in. L 240 in.
Antique Serapi Persian Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Serapi Persian rug, measures: 16'8" x 24'10".
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Antique 1890s Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

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W 200 in. L 98 in.
Antique Serapi Persian Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Serapi Persian rug. Size: 8'10" x 12'9".
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Antique Early 1900s Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

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W 106 in. L 153 in.
Antique Serapi Persian Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Serapi Persian rug, measures: 8'2" x 10'9".
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Antique 1880s Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

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W 98 in. L 129 in.
Antique Persian Serapi Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Persian Serapi rug, size: 8'5" x 12'6".
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Antique 1890s Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

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W 101 in. L 150 in.
Antique Persian Serapi Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Persian Serapi rug. Size: 9' 6" x 12' 3".
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Antique Early 1900s Asian Persian Rugs

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Wool

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W 114 in. L 147 in.
Antique Persian Serapi Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Persian Serapi rug, size: 9'6" x 14'6".
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Antique 1880s Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

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W 114 in. L 174 in.
Antique Persian Serapi Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Persian Serapi rug, size: 9'3" x 13'8".
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Antique Early 1900s Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

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W 111 in. L 164 in.
Antique Persian Serapi Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Persian Serapi rug, size: 14'8" x 18'8".
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Antique 1890s Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

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W 176 in. L 224 in.
Antique Persian Serapi Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Persian Serapi rug. Size: 11'6" x 16'3".
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Antique 1880s Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

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W 138 in. L 195 in.
Antique Persian Serapi Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Persian Serapi rug, measures: 15'0" x 22'0".
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Antique 1880s Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

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W 180 in. L 264 in.
Antique Persian Serapi Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Persian Serapi rug, size: 8'10" x 13'0".
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Antique 1880s Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

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W 106 in. L 156 in.
Antique Persian Serapi Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Persian Serapi rug, size: 10'0" x 13'3".
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Antique 1890s Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

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W 120 in. L 159 in.
Antique Persian Serapi Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Persian Serapi rug, size: 9'8" x 15'4".
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Antique Early 1900s Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

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W 116 in. L 184 in.
Antique Persian Serapi Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Persian Serapi rug, size: 8'6" x 11'9".
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Antique Early 1900s Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

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W 102 in. L 141 in.
Antique Persian Serapi Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Persian Serapi rug, size: 9'6" x 13'0".
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Antique 1890s Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

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W 114 in. L 156 in.
Antique Persian Serapi Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Persian Serapi rug, size: 11'6" x 14'6".
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Antique Early 1900s Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

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W 138 in. L 174 in.
Antique Persian Serapi Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Persian Serapi rug, size: 14'0" x 20'0".
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Antique 1890s Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

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W 168 in. L 240 in.
Antique Persian Serapi Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Persian Serapi rug. Size: 11'5" x 14'5".
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Antique 1880s Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

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W 137 in. L 173 in.
Antique Persian Serapi Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Persian Serapi rug, size: 12'6" x 18'9". Navy border.
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Antique Early 1900s Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

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W 150 in. L 225 in.
Antique Persian Serapi Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Persian Serapi rug, measures: 3'2" x 13'10".
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Antique Early 1900s Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

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W 38 in. L 166 in.
Antique Persian Heriz Serapi Style Rug
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Distinctive antique Persian Heriz rug featuring a star-shaped medallion and large white corner spandrels. Bold Heriz colors of all-natural dyes having angular geometric designs in in...
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20th Century Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton

Antique Serapi Persian Rug, circa 1890
Located in Chevy Chase, MD
Antique Serapi Persian rug, Center Medalion, circa 1890 Size: 12 x 19'6.   
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Antique 1890s Persian Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

Ivory Field Antique Heriz Serapi Rug
Located in New York, NY
A stunning early 20th century Heriz Serapi rug. Heriz rugs are Persian rugs from the area of Heris, East Azerbaijan in northwest Iran, northeast of Tabriz. Such rugs are produced in ...
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Early 20th Century Persian Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

19th Century Antique Serapi Wool Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
Late 19th-century antique Serapi rug with a red field and medallion design. This rug measures at 9'9" x 10'4". Circa 1890
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Antique Late 19th Century Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

Antique Handmade Serapi Persian Rug
Located in Chevy Chase, MD
Antique handmade Serapi Persian rug.        
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Antique Early 1900s Asian Persian Rugs

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Wool

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Antique Serapi Rug For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic antique serapi rug available at 1stDibs. Each antique serapi rug for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using fabric, wool and cotton. Find 793 options for an antique or vintage antique serapi rug now, or shop our selection of 1 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. Your living room may not be complete without an antique serapi rug — find older editions for sale from the 19th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. An antique serapi rug made by Folk Art designers — as well as those associated with Modern — is very popular. Mehraban Rugs each produced at least one beautiful antique serapi rug that is worth considering.

How Much is a Antique Serapi Rug?

Prices for an antique serapi rug can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $299 and can go as high as $250,000, while the average can fetch as much as $9,999.

Finding the Right Persian Rugs for You

Make a bold statement in a living room or bedroom by incorporating vintage Persian rugs in your home decor.

The fascination with Persian rugs dates at least as far back as the 4th century B.C., when historian Xenophon referred to the “soft rugs on which the Persians sit.” For centuries, Iran (modern-day Persia) has been known for the craftsmanship, intricate patterns and artistry of its carpets, which have found their way into households and museums around the world.

Although they have many imitators, real Persian rugs are made only in Iran and are easily recognized by their vibrant colors and elegant patterns.

Traditional, or antique, Persian rugs are what most people identify as “authentic.” Hand-made, they are very durable and, if properly cared for, can be passed down from generation to generation. Modern Persians, on the other hand, are often machine-made. Although this production process is much faster and cheaper, the resulting rugs typically do not have the same quality or lifespan as handwoven ones, so traditional options are considered better investments.

To distinguish between the two, look for imperfections. Because traditional Persian rugs are handwoven, you will likely see small flaws on the front and back. With a machine-made imitation, on the other hand, you will probably not find stitching glitches, and the back will have a mesh or plastic covering.

Antique rugs are handmade from the finest materials, including wool, silk or cotton — never synthetic fibers. The fibers used in antique rugs are colored using natural dyes derived from insects and plants and woven into bold designs that reflect Iran’s culture and history. Since Persian tribes traditionally raised and herded sheep, wool was the most common material. The fiber has many advantages: It is fire-resistant and dries much more quickly than cotton. Also, because of its natural elasticity, it is more durable than cotton or silk. Regarded as works of art, Persian rugs can take months or years to complete.

When shopping for vintage Persian rugs, you'll want to consider color, size and more — for a history of these rugs and tips on how to style yours, visit our guide to these woven creations today.

Find Persian rugs and other antique and modern rugs from the world's best furniture dealers on 1stDibs.