Persian hand-knotted wool Sarough rugs (Also Sarouk, Saruk) are formal floral design village rugs from the Arak area of NW Iran.
Woven in many sizes, but more often seen as large and oversize in the UK, Persian Sarough rugs are made in many qualities but with a very distinctive pink-red, midnight and pale blue. Even though a looser village weave they can be classed as City/Workshop rugs as they often have a classical curvilinear floral design with a central medallion, corner spandrels and narrow borders. Sarouk rugs are also made with an allover floral design. They are good value as the materials are solid and the weaving well executed, but their popularity peaked a few decades ago when densely packed Persian designs fell out of favour. The rugs of Sarough are highly traditional 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. Along with Persian Kashan rugs they are perhaps the layman’s’ idea of the ‘Persian rug’. The better examples are highly elegant and give any room a huge amount of class, as well as being hard wearing practical floor coverings. Vintage hand-knotted Persian wool Sarouk rugs from before 1925 are a different animal and fetch high prices in good condition.
This prime example of the finest hand-knotted wool Persian Sarough rugs is without fault in its design and colour balance.
Pros- Good value for money. Lovely wool and softer dyes. Beautiful flowing traditional designs. Hard wearing and look good with some age and usage. Practical and comfortable.
Cons- Sometimes a little floppy and prone to rucks and movement but rectified with the use of a good underlay.