Village Style Antique Oriental Rugs

Antique Carpet, Serapi

The villages surrounding the major weaving cities and towns created antique Oriental rugs that married the casual nature of the tribal antique rugs and the greater formality of the town rugs. The designs are somewhat planned, often directed by the head weaver. The construction is looser also and village patterns tended to be drawn in a more angular manner than floral and stylized floral imagery woven in more sophisticated settings. The colors in village rugs presented a range of tonal variations, from subtle to dramatic. These cottage-level pieces were often woven in a weaver’s own home allowing her and her extended family to integrate weaving with their daily life responsibilities. Village antique Oriental carpets offer the most casual decorative possibility in room sizes and larger formats. The Bakshaish and Serapi carpets from the Azerbaijan region are the most famous and widely sought after of the village antique carpets.

Major styles of village antique rugs: Bakshaish, Serapi, Malayer, Serab, Heriz, and Bakhtiari.

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