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Late 19th Century Vintage Serapi Wool Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
Beautiful antique Serapi rug, hand knotted wool with a rust field and blue and beige accent with a center medallion design, circa 1890s This rug measures 9' 7" x 14' 7".
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Early 20th Century Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

Very Large Persian Vintage Serapi Rug with All-Over Pattern in Ivory Background
Located in Atlanta, GA
Very large Persian serapi rug with all over pattern in ivory background. rug KBE-EB-600241, country of origin / type: Iran / Serapi, circa 1990, Serapi rugs are known as the finest r...
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1990s Persian Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Serapi Style Revival Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
An exquisite vintage Serapi style recreation. This piece encompasses traditional Serapi motifs and weaves together beautiful tan and red-orange colors. Antique Serapis have historica...
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21st Century and Contemporary Afghan Serapi Central Asian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Indian Serapi-Style Rug
Located in Chicago, IL
A beautiful late 20th century Indian flatweave rug woven with a Serapi pattern containing myriad large stylized floral patterns woven in pale pinks, yellows, blues and greens, and su...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Serapi Indian Rugs

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Wool

Outstanding Vintage Serapi-Style Rug
Located in Chicago, IL
An outstanding vintage Romanian Serapi-style handwoven rug with a rare repeated stylized floral pattern woven in yellow, light and dark indigo, green, pink, and crimson, on a bold cr...
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Vintage 1970s Romanian Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Persian Serapi Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
Vintage Persian Serapi rug. Measures: 6' x 8'.
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Vintage 1980s Asian Central Asian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Persian Serapi Style Rug, Signed, circa 1940s
Located in San Mateo, CA
This is a signed, vintage hand-knotted Persian Serapi rug, probably woven in Romania, circa 1940s. It is wool knots on cotton warp and weft, and is approximately 8’10 x 12’2 ft. We s...
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Vintage 1940s Romanian Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton

Vintage Serapi Heriz Rug, circa 1920 9'10 x 12'6
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Serapi Heriz rug, circa 1920. Serapi carpets are a quality designation for Heriz pieces of a firmer weave, shorter pile and finer quality. There is no village of Serapi amon...
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Early 20th Century Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

Early 20th Century Vintage Serapi Wool Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
Beautiful antique Persian Serapi rug, hand knotted wool with a rust field, blue frame, ivory and light blue accents in all-over multi medallion design, circa 1910. This rug measures...
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Early 20th Century Persian Persian Rugs

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Wool

Antique Vintage Persian Red Navy Blue Ivory Serapi Rug, circa 1900-1910s
Located in New York, NY
This is a pristine antique Persian red and navy Serapi carpet with a medallion from the 1900s-1910s. This lovely carpet measures 9.1 x 12.2 ft.
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Antique Early 1900s Persian Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Egyptian Rug with Persian Serapi Design and Mid-Century Modern Style
Located in Dallas, TX
71940 vintage Egyptian rug with Persian Serapi Design and Mid-Century Modern style. This hand knotted wool vintage Egyptian area rug beautifully highlights a Persian Serapi Design wi...
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Late 20th Century Egyptian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Turkish Sivas Rug with Heriz-Serapi Design and French Provincial Style
Located in Dallas, TX
71909, Vintage Turkish Sivas Rug with Heriz-Serapi Design and French Provincial Style. This hand knotted wool vintage Turkish Sivas rug features a large octofoil medallion with flami...
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Late 20th Century Turkish Heriz Serapi Turkish Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Tibetan Area Rug with Persian Serapi All Over Design
Located in Dallas, TX
77262 Vintage Tibetan Area rug with Persian Serapi design. This hand knotted wool vintage Tibetan area rug beautifully displays a Persian Serapi all over design on an ink blue backdr...
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Late 20th Century Tibetan American Colonial Persian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Karaja Rug
Located in Chicago, IL
A wonderful and bold vintage Karaja rug with three large stylized floral medallions woven in brilliant crimsons, pinks, indigos, whites, and oranges, and surrounded by a beautiful bo...
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Late 20th Century Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

  • Vintage Karaja Rug
  • Vintage Karaja Rug
  • Vintage Karaja Rug
  • Vintage Karaja Rug
W 25 in. L 42 in.
Vintage Tunisian Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
An early 20th century brightly colored vintage Tunisian rug with a center pattern in an all over geometric yellow motif. This rug measures at 9' x 13'6.
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Early 20th Century Tunisian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

  • Vintage Tunisian Rug
  • Vintage Tunisian Rug
  • Vintage Tunisian Rug
  • Vintage Tunisian Rug
W 108 in. L 162 in.
Vintage Heriz Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
A 20th century vintage Heriz rug with a red field, border and a center medallion motif. This rug measures at 7'8" x 10'.
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20th Century Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

  • Vintage Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Heriz Rug
W 92 in. L 120 in.
Vintage Kurdish Rug
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Beautiful mid-20th century rug with tribal design and beautiful colors. Entirely hand knotted with wool velvet on cotton foundation.
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Mid-20th Century Turkish Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

  • Vintage Kurdish Rug
  • Vintage Kurdish Rug
  • Vintage Kurdish Rug
  • Vintage Kurdish Rug
W 53.94 in. L 79.53 in.
Stunning Vintage Heriz Rug
Located in Chicago, IL
An amazing mid-20th century Persian Heriz rug with a large central multi-lobed floral medallion on a black background. The field is intensely woven with a complementary floral patter...
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Vintage 1960s Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

  • Stunning Vintage Heriz Rug
  • Stunning Vintage Heriz Rug
  • Stunning Vintage Heriz Rug
  • Stunning Vintage Heriz Rug
W 105 in. L 153 in.
Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Persian Heriz rug 10'5 x 13'9. As perpetually fashionable as they are collectible, traditional Heriz rugs are skillfully woven in vibrant colors and emphatic geometric design...
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20th Century Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
W 125 in. L 165 in.
Vintage Heriz Tribal Rug
Located in New York, NY
This vintage Heriz rug is skillfully sourced by N A S I R I. It was produced in the village of the same name in northwest Iran. These rugs are known for their exceptional durability....
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Vintage 1960s Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

  • Vintage Heriz Tribal Rug
  • Vintage Heriz Tribal Rug
  • Vintage Heriz Tribal Rug
  • Vintage Heriz Tribal Rug
W 120 in. L 153 in.
Vintage Heriz Runner Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
A 20th century vintage Heriz runner rug with a dark red field, a striped motif and a border. This rug measures at 3'8" x 11'.
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20th Century Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

  • Vintage Heriz Runner Rug
  • Vintage Heriz Runner Rug
  • Vintage Heriz Runner Rug
  • Vintage Heriz Runner Rug
W 44 in. L 132 in.
Vintage Persian Hamedan Rug
Located in New York, NY
Rust field vintage decorative Persian rug from Hamadan village located in northwest Persian
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20th Century Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
A large hand-knotted vintage Heriz rug with a medallion design. This rug measures 11'8" x 14'0".     
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Vintage 1960s Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
W 140 in. L 168 in.
Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
A hand-knotted vintage Heriz rug with an all-over design. This rug measures 10'4" x 13'5".  
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Vintage 1960s Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
W 124 in. L 161 in.
Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
Located in Chicago, IL
A beautiful vintage Persian Heriz rug woven with a central floral medallion amidst a field of more bold stylized flowers, and surrounded by a wide floral and leaf pattered border, al...
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Mid-20th Century Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
W 77 in. L 116 in.
Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
Located in New York, NY
A vintage Persian Heriz rug from the second quarter of the 20th century.
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Vintage 1930s Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
W 116 in. L 149 in.
Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
A hand-knotted vintage Heriz rug with a medallion design. This rug measures 6'9" x 9'4".  
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Vintage 1960s Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
W 81 in. L 112 in.
Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
This beautiful vintage Persian Heriz hand-knotted rug . This rug is made in wool. It's measures are: 3'.11 x 13'.7. The origin of this vintage Persian Heriz Rug is Iran.
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Vintage 1950s Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
W 47 in. L 163 in.
Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
This beautiful vintage Persian Heriz hand-knotted rug. This collection is made in wool. It's measures are: 9'.9; x 13'.9. The origin of this vintage Persian Heriz rug is Iran.
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Vintage 1920s Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
W 117 in. L 165 in.
Incredible Vintage Seraband Rug
Located in Chicago, IL
A fantastic bold vintage mid-20th century Persian Seraband rug with an all-over paisley patterned field with a rich indigo background. The border is incredibly complex with multiple ...
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Vintage 1960s Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
A square hand knotted vintage Heriz rug with an ivory field and a salmon border and medallion. This rug measures: 6'5" x 6'10".  
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Mid-20th Century Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
W 77 in. L 82 in.
Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
Located in New York, NY
This vintage Heriz rug is skillfully sourced by N A S I R I. It was produced in the village of the same name in northwest Iran. These rugs are known for their exceptional durability....
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Vintage 1950s Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
W 92 in. L 121 in.
Vintage Distressed Persian Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
A 20th century vintage distressed Persian rug with a solid purple motif. This rug measures at 9' x 11'11".
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20th Century Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
Located in New York, NY
A vintage Persian Heriz rug from the mid-20th century.
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Mid-20th Century Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
W 44 in. L 59 in.
Vintage Red Heriz Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
A hand-knotted Heriz rug with an all-over design on a red field. This rug measures: 9'0" x 11'2".  
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Mid-20th Century Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

  • Vintage Red Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Red Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Red Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Red Heriz Rug
H 0.25 in. W 108 in. D 134 in.
Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
Located in New York, NY
A vintage Persian Heriz rug from the mid-20th century.
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Mid-20th Century Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
  • Vintage Persian Heriz Rug
W 98 in. L 135 in.
Vintage Persian Heriz Wool Rug
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Traditionally styled vintage Persian Heriz rug crafted from hand-knotted wool. The rug features a large multi-faceted geometric star medallion with pendants. The field has triangular...
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20th Century Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Persian Heriz Rug, 5' x 6'2
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Persian Heriz rug, 5' x 6'2. The Heriz district of NW Persia has been weaving carpets for over a century, with geometric designs and tonalities ranging from mellow to satura...
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Vintage 1950s Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton

Vintage Persian Heriz Rug 7' x 10'2
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Persian Heriz rug 7' x 10'2, As perpetually fashionable as they are collectible, traditional Heriz rugs are skillfully woven in vibrant colors and emphatic geometric designs....
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20th Century Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Persian Hamadan Malayer Rug
Located in New York, NY
Vintage decorative Persian rug from Hamadan village located in northwest Persian.
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20th Century Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

Large Distressed Vintage Heriz Rug
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Mid-20th century large rug with beautiful geometrical design and nice colors with blue, red, pink, purple and green, entirely hand knotted with wool velvet on cotton foundation.
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Mid-20th Century Asian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

  • Large Distressed Vintage Heriz Rug
  • Large Distressed Vintage Heriz Rug
  • Large Distressed Vintage Heriz Rug
  • Large Distressed Vintage Heriz Rug
W 122.05 in. L 153.55 in.
Heriz Rug Vintage, c. 1900
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a Heriz rug made c. early 1900s. It has a large bold medallion in the middle surrounded by 4 bordering corner structures. The entire piece is highly stylized and consist of d...
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20th Century Asian Heriz Serapi Central Asian Rugs

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Wool

  • Heriz Rug Vintage, c. 1900
  • Heriz Rug Vintage, c. 1900
  • Heriz Rug Vintage, c. 1900
  • Heriz Rug Vintage, c. 1900
W 138 in. L 182 in.
Vintage Persian Heriz Rug 9'3 x 13'5
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Persian Heriz Rug 9'3 x 13'5. As perpetually fashionable as they are collectible, traditional Heriz rugs are skillfully woven in vibrant colors and emphatic geometric designs...
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20th Century Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Persian Heriz Rug 7'8 x 10'8
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Persian Heriz rug 7'8 x 10'8. As perpetually fashionable as they are collectible, traditional Heriz luxury handmade rugs are skillfully woven in vibrant colors and emphatic g...
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20th Century Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Persian Heriz Rug 9'8 x 12'7
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Persian Heriz rug 9'8 x 12'7. As perpetually fashionable as they are collectible, traditional Heriz rugs are skillfully woven in vibrant colors and emphatic geometric designs...
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20th Century Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Persian Heriz Rug 11'4 x 15'9
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Persian Heriz rug. Measures: 11'4 x 15'9. As perpetually fashionable as they are collectible, traditional Heriz rugs are skillfully woven in vibrant colors and emphatic geome...
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20th Century Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Persian Heriz Rug, 8'2 x 12'
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Persian Heriz rug, 8'2 x 12'. As perpetually fashionable as they are collectible, traditional Heriz rugs are skillfully woven in vibrant colors and emphatic geometric designs...
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Vintage 1950s Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton

Vintage Persian Area Rug Heriz Design
Located in Dallas, TX
Vintage Persian area rug handwoven from the finest sheep’s wool. It’s colored with all-natural vegetable dyes that are safe for humans and pets. It’s a traditional Heriz design handw...
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20th Century Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Persian Heriz Rug 6'8 x 10'7
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Persian Heriz Rug 6ft 08in X 10ft 07in. As perpetually fashionable as they are collectible, traditional Heriz rugs are skillfully woven in vibrant colors and emphatic geometr...
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20th Century Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Persian Heriz Rug 8'8 x 11'4
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Persian Heriz rug, 8'8 x 11'7. The Heriz district of NW Persia has been weaving carpets for over a century, with geometric designs and tonalities ranging from mellow to satu...
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Vintage 1950s Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton

Vintage Persian Heriz Rug, circa 1940
Located in Secaucus, NJ
Vintage Persian Heriz rug, circa 1940. Measures: 8'6 x 11'6. The central field filled with leaves, branches and other floral elements. The narrow main border repeats the theme to cre...
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Early 20th Century Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Handmade Persian Heriz Oversize Rug
Located in New York, NY
A vintage Persian Heriz oversize rug handmade during the mid-20th century. Measures: 13' 3" x 25' 5"
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Mid-20th Century Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Persian Heriz Rug with Traditional Modern Style, Wagireh Rug
Located in Dallas, TX
76428 Vintage Persian Heriz Rug with Traditional Modern Style, Wagireh Rug 03'03 x 04'01. This hand-knotted wool vintage Persian Heriz rug features a traditional modern style; howeve...
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Mid-20th Century Iraqi Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Persian Heriz Rug 7'10 x 10'4
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Persian Heriz rug 7'10 x 10'4. As perpetually fashionable as they are collectible, traditional Heriz rugs are skillfully woven in vibrant colors and emphatic geometric design...
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20th Century Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Persian Heriz Rug 9'4 x 11'10
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Persian Heriz rug measures: 9'4 x 11'10. As perpetually fashionable as they are collectible, traditional Heriz rugs are skillfully woven with emphatic geometric designs. This...
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20th Century Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Lightly Distressed Heriz Rug, 8'9 x 11'7
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Lightly Distressed Heriz rug, 8'9 x 11'7. As perpetually fashionable as they are collectible, traditional Heriz rugs are skillfully woven in vibrant colors and emphatic geome...
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Vintage 1950s Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool, Cotton

Vintage Persian Heriz Rug with Tribal Style
Located in Dallas, TX
78053 vintage Persian Heriz rug with Tribal style 02'08 x 04'10. Full of tiny details and a bold expressive design combined with lively colors and tribal style, this hand-knotted woo...
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Mid-20th Century Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Persian Heriz Handmade Medallion Wool Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
Beautiful antique Heriz hand-knotted wool rug with a pink-salmon and blue field. This Persian rug has a designed brown frame and multicolor accents with an all-over geometric medalli...
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Early 20th Century Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Shabby Chic Heriz Handmade Wool Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
Beautiful vintage Persian Heriz handmade wool rug with a pink-rose field. This Heriz rug has accents of blue, red, and Ivory in gorgeous all-over geometric medallions Floral design. ...
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Late 20th Century Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Persian Heriz Rug with Traditional Style
Located in Dallas, TX
76234, vintage Persian Heriz rug with traditional style. Full of character and stately presence, this hand-knotted wool vintage Persian Heriz rug features classical elements of Persi...
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Mid-20th Century Persian Heriz Serapi Persian Rugs

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Wool

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Vintage Serapi Rug For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic vintage serapi rug available at 1stDibs. Each vintage serapi rug for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using fabric, wool and cotton. There are 263 variations of the antique or vintage vintage serapi rug you’re looking for, while we also have 1 modern editions of this piece to choose from as well. There are many kinds of the vintage serapi rug you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 19th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. A vintage serapi rug is a generally popular piece of furniture, but those created in styles are sought with frequency. Mehraban Rugs each produced at least one beautiful vintage serapi rug that is worth considering.

How Much is a Vintage Serapi Rug?

Prices for a vintage serapi rug can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $229 and can go as high as $59,000, while the average can fetch as much as $3,740.

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.

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