8.9 x 11.11 Antique Fereghan Sarouk Carpet, central Persia, Circa 1895

Fereghan Sarouk rugs and carpets were woven in central Persia’s Sultanabad province as a finer alternative to Mahal and Sultanabad carpets. Although one might tend to group them with Kashan and Tabriz carpets, they generally tend to have a more stylized form, a reflection of being village products as opposed to rugs woven in more formal city workshops.

This carpet, which we acquired directly from a fine Boston area family collection, has a very unusual design. The navy blue central medallion contains leaves that have stripes in them (more clearly visible in the detail photos). Stripes and checkerboards are also visible in some of the leaves decorating the terra cotta color field. Large flowers and curling vines extend from the medallion. The zig zag ivory trim framing the field is another uncommon feature. A navy blue border with various leaves and flowers frame the field.

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