A less formal floral rug, woven in a cottage industry in the Arak area of NW Iran. Sarough rugs are hand-knotted with a wool pile on a cotton warp and weft (base) and are distinctive in their use of a particular red, pink, midnight and pale blue- as well as having narrow borders. They are very good value as the materials are solid and the weaving well executed. Even though they started as a cottage industry they can be classed as City/Workshop rugs as they have a classical medallion, corner spandrels and narrow borders. Along with Persian Kashan rugs they are perhaps the laypersons’ idea of the ‘Persian rug’.
The rugs of Sarough are highly traditional in design – Persian floral but large motifs without the riot of infilling common to many- with soft wool and muted dyes which make them excellent all round rugs – wonderfully suited to a dining room or family area, where the comfort will be appreciated by children and adults alike. The better examples are highly elegant and give any room a huge amount of class, as well as being hard wearing practical floor coverings. Hand-knotted wool Persian Sarough rugs are relatively undervalued by designers and private residential buyers, so if it’s Persian you want try to buy one.
Woven in many sizes, but more often seen as large and oversize in the UK.
This vintage hand-knotted wool Sarough rug is one of the best to be found and shows the aged mellowed colours and allover floral unfussy design to its best.
Pros- Good value for money. Lovely wool and softer dyes. Beautiful flowing traditional designs. Hard wearing and look good with some age and useage. Practical and comfortable.
Cons- Sometimes a little floppy and prone to rucks and movement but nothing a good underlay will not rectify