#736 Medallion Serapi Pattern from The Original Karastan Collection . Since 1928, the renowned 700 Series has established Karastan's reputation as maker of the world's finest power-loomed Oriental-design rugs. Each is crafted of 100% worsted wool pile yarn, woven through the back, skein-dyed and lustre washed for the closest possible reproduction of the original design. Every pattern is carefully recreated from Persian, Turkomen, Chinese, and other hand-woven originals, including prized museum pieces and antiques.Though its name is derived from the ancient town of Serab in northwest Persia , the Serapi rug is more closely identified with the rugs woven in the nearby cities of Heriz and Gorevan. Old reference books give the name "Serapi" to Heriz and Gorevan rugs of the finest quality. The Medallion Serapi Pattern was recreated from an antique Serapi discovered in an old country estate. The original is believed to have been woven in the late 19th century. In the classic Heriz style, the design is composed of geometric motifs formed by stylized interpretations of flowers, leaves, and branches. Karastan stylists use 26 individual colors to recreate the antiqued and uneven dyeing pattern of a handwoven oriental rug. This rug is 8 ft. 8 in. x 12 ft. Label is on the back of the rug. I have included a photo of the label on the back, which shows the fringe. The fringe is in perfect shape and is ORIGINAL. I am also included a photo of the back of the rug. T is NO DAMAGE (e.g., by moths, etc.). Only available for pickup. We live in Libertyville, IL, Lake County, which is a northern suburb of Chicago. We are 10 minutes south of the Wisconsin border and one mile off of I-94. Color: I have added two close-ups in order to give you a better idea of the color. Some of the far-away photos make the color look faded and more of a salmon color. However, you can see from the close-up shots that the color is really more of a "rust." One of the smaller patterns, however, does have a salmon color, but the larger background color is dominated by RUST.
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