“Antique rugs hold a unique charm and are treasured for their artistry, craftsmanship, and historical significance. These rugs must be handwoven and can be several decades or even centuries old. They often carry intricate designs, vibrant colors, and cultural stories that make them valuable and sought after by collectors and enthusiasts.”

Here are some key points about antique rugs:

Age: To be classified as an antique, a rug should be at least 75 years old. Rugs between 50 and 74 years old are often considered semi-antique.

Materials: Antique rugs are typically made from natural fibers such as wool, silk, or cotton. Wool is the most common material used in traditional handmade rugs due to its durability and availability.

Handmade Craftsmanship: Antique rugs are meticulously handwoven by skilled artisans. The weaving process involves knotting individual threads to create the intricate patterns and designs.

Design and Patterns: Antique rugs often feature elaborate designs, motifs, and patterns that reflect the cultural heritage of the region where they were made. These designs can range from floral and geometric to intricate medallions and pictorial representations.

Origin: Antique rugs come from various regions around the world, each having its unique style and characteristics. Some renowned rug-producing regions include Persia (now Iran), Turkey, the Caucasus, Central Asia, China, and India.

Collectibility and Value: The rarity, age, condition, and design of antique rugs greatly influence their collectibility and value. Rugs that are well-preserved and display exceptional craftsmanship can command significant prices in the market.

This is a delightful piece with a unique, tribal flavor. It was made in the small township of Iran’s Northwest region of Ardabil. Rugs of this region are known for their simple elegance and high quality. They are also known for their soft, durable wool and are known to stand up over time. Especially when they are made with undyed virgin camel hair blend or combination. Camel hair is extremely soft yet very durable that contributes to Sarab rugs’ exceptional longevity.

This example of Sarab runner is in very good condition for the age and has is an absolute complement to any décor.


Construction: Handmade; Hand Knotted
Materials: Fine Wool, Natural Dyes, Virgin Undyed Camel Hair
Shape: Runner
Measurements: 3’4″x16’4″

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