Heriz is a region in Northwest Persia known for its production of village rugs with bold designs. This area south of the Caucasus and near the city of Tabriz has been and is a major weaving center. Heriz rugs are mostly geometric with a large bold oversized medallion and a rich red, rust or navy field color. Sometimes an allover geometric design or even in rare cases curvilinear floral design can be found. All sizes are made with small sizes and runners being less common. Large Turkish knots are used giving the back of a Heriz rug a look that is easy to identify. Finer quality Heriz rugs from the 19th and early 20th century are labeled Serapi and are some of the most valued antique village rugs. Original Heriz rugs are so popular that the designs have been reproduced in other countries through out the middle and far east.
The combination of wool and silk creates a wonderful contrast where the lustrous silken florals are highlighted on a woolen field, creating an almost three dimensional appearance.
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WASHING AND FINISHING
The entire rug is put throught the process called binding and trimming, then it is washed and dried several times for vibrancy and sheen. The rug is laid flat on the ground, then fresh water is poured over it. The rug washers then use a wood plank, sharpened on one edge, to force the water through the rug pile. This removes impurities picked up during the creation process.
No backing is needed for a hand-knotted rug. The final steps include quality inspection of size, pile height and shearing. It is important to notice that each weaver or group of weavers adds personality to the new rug, no two rugs are ever the same and all of our handmade rugs are one-of-a-kind.
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