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Brief History of Mahal Sultanabad rugs.
Sultanabad and Mahal rugs are produced in the area around the city of Arak, which has a history of rug weaving dating back to the mid-17th Century. The city was originally founded in 1808 as Sultanabad and later in 1930 was renamed to the city of Arak. The city is older than these dates might indicate. The term Sultanabad has come to distinguish the oldest and highest quality Mahal carpets, also known as Ziegler Mahals, named after a British firm in Manchester, founded in1883, that supervised the production for exports to the West. Most Sultanabad and Mahal rugs have bold and floral designs, whether they utilize classical medallion or overall designs of vine scrolls and palmettes. Traditionally, dark reds and blues were common colors with highlights of soft green and ivory.
the mid 19th-century onward, Persian Mahal rugs were exclusively made
for the European market. They often favored the bold floral designs with
spacious patterned Rugs. All rugs and carpets from this period were
exclusively made with pure and natural dyes. Dark red, blue, soft green,
gold, and ivory are the typical colors. Warps, foundation, and wefts
are cotton, and the pile is wool. The wool of the Sultanabad rugs is
hand spun usually from the weaver's own sheep. The rugs are woven using
asymmetrical Turkish knots to tie each loop one by one. Besides using
wide and bold borders, Mahal rugs had designs based on small repeating
floral patterns as well as all-over large scale lattice vine patterns.
Mahal rug designers simplified the designs by creating a special work of
art with unique character. Foreign companies as well as local merchants
adopted a similar system, causing Mahal carpets to become carpets of
the highest decorative value, even today by both interior designers and
the discriminating collector. Therefore, Mahal rugs have great value in
any condition, often favored for their bold floral designs with spacious
Brief history of Saruk Rugs
A Sarok Rug is a type of Persian rug from the province of Arak in Persia.
Sarok (also Saruk or Sarough) rugs are those woven in the village of Saruk and also the city of Arak, and the surrounding countryside. Sarok rugs have been produced for much of the last century. The early successes of the Sarok rug are largely owed to the American market. From the 1910s to 1950s, the “American Sarok” also known as the “Painted Sarok” was produced. American customers had an affinity for the Sarok’s curvilinear and floral designs. What they did not appreciate, however, was the color, so for much of the 1920s, 30s and 40s, rugs exported from Persia would get a dye job to a desirable, deep, raspberry-red color, once they made it to the States.
Sarok rugs continue to be produced today, using the same methods as during early production – with the exception of the post-production dye job. Known for their exceptional quality and ability to withstand decades of wear, Saroks continue to be a best seller of the Persian rugs. They are made with a high quality, tough wool using a Persian knot. A tell tale sign of a Sarok is usually its blue weft threads, salmon or tomato-red color mixed with ivory and blues, and a very traditional, floral style. The finest of the modern Sarok rugs comes from the small town of Ghiassabad.
|Exact Size||9'2" X 12'9"|