Old Sarough Mir
287 cm x 200 cm
Geometric Old Sarough Mir, gray beige with border and paisley
|Place of origin|
|Size||287 cm x 200 cm (= 5.74 qm)|
Weft & Warp: cotton
|Year of manufacture||1960|
Place of origin
This rug comes from Sarough (also Sarouk, Saruk or Sarogh). Sarough is one of the most famous rug-making regions in Iran. Situated in the western Persian province of Aarak, it includes the provinces of Arak, Jozan, Ghiasabad, Mahal, Malayer, Mohajeran, Sultanabad and Wiss. In Sarough, Persian patterns of all types are knotted, sometimes even according to the customer's specifications. However, the backing ( warp and weft ) is usually made of cotton. In old and antique rugs, a blue weft thread is often seen. The knotting is very fine and the pile is relatively high.
Rugs like this one are called Sarough Mir. Framed by a border, the patterned panel is decorated with the so-called Mir-i-Boteh design. The Mir-i-Boteh design consists of a curved almond motif standing upright and forming a row. Naturalistically or abstractly depicted, it is immediately recognizable by the bent tip. The shape has often been described as a flame, associated with the fire worship of the Parsees, followers of the teachings of Zoroaster, or as a bent palm leaf. It is considered likely that the pattern was inspired by cypresses. In Europe, the almond-shaped element of the pattern is known as the paisley pattern. This old Sarough Mir is more than 40 years old and a true collector's item.
The abstract, geometric composition creates the simple elegance of this Sarough Mir. The pattern flatters the design of the room and does not take the attention away from its furniture, decoration and architectural elements. It creates a pleasant atmosphere without dominating the style of the room.
The embellished edging (border) forms a glorious contrast to the center and creates a transition at the edge of the rug.
The repeating elements in the center field of this Sarough Mir rug have no specific center (so-called repeating pattern). The repeating pattern has a calming but not boring effect. Rugs with repeating patterns are also called patterned.
The pattern of this Sarough Mir is adorned with wonderful Paisley motifs. The paisley motif depicts a leaf with a pointed, curved end, in the style of a large comma and is reminiscent of the Gothic fish-bladder ornament. It originated from the Chaldeans, who apparently used the motif as a representation of the shoot of the date palm, which was essential to their survival. The motif was widespread until the Celts, but was once again replaced by Greek and Roman ornaments. Rug designs containing paisley ornaments are also known as boteh patterns Persian Mir-e-butha or Mir-i-bota.
The background of this Sarough Mir is gray beige. The border features beige, dark blue and yellow.
You are not the first to appreciate this Sarough Mir. It has had owners before you who have cherished and used it. It was hand knotted about 1960. It has been thoroughly cleaned and only partially restored condition but is in good condition. We have not completely restored this Sarough Mir because we think it is as it is a special charm. If you would like, we will of course restore the rug further for you. We can restore almost any rug to an almost perfect condition.
The pile of this Sarough Mir has been hand-knotted from high-quality virgin wool. Virgin wool is obtained through the gentle shearing of sheep. Virgin wool is a sustainable, natural raw material with a number of impressive properties; due to the wool's natural fat content, the surface repels water droplets and is thus naturally impervious to dirt. Wool also offers excellent thermal insulation, has a regulating effect on living climate and muffles sound. The weft and warp threads of this Sarough Mir are made of cotton. This versatile material is tear-resistant and stretchable and, therefore, ideal for a durable backing fabric.