An Antique Serapi featuring tribal design and a rare and desirable ivory field.
Our Fine Antique Serapi Rug collection includes the most rare and desirable room size decorative carpets found in the market today. These works of art are woven in a distinct style that is found in the Heriz region. The larger scale and spaciously placed designs are what differentiates these carpets from others. For years, Antique Serapis have been the carpet of choice in early American state and federal buildings, including the White House. It is rare to find a Serapi. These carpets combine design foundations taken from many traditions. The strong symmetrical geometric designs are most likely taken from the Caucasian tradition of weaving. These large carpets were woven either in a family workshop or home. Several weavers being employed for the job, it still takes several years to complete
The Mughal empire in India led to the apex of Indian weaving. The emperors commissioned these fantastic rugs with a mix of Persian and classic Indian motifs, here represented by the tulips which carry with them the symbolism of Spring and Rebirth. The vibrant colors give the rug a royal bearing.
Grand scale pieces like this Antique Tekke Main Carpet was the most important and expensive weavings created by the Turkoman tribes. Highlighted by the repeated Gul design which was unique to each tribe, this rug is an exemplary example of the technical mastery of the Tekke tribes in creating visually stunning masterpieces.