Persian Sarouk – Ask the Rug Experts

Q: I bought this used rug about 15 years ago. I wondered if you could identify it for me and tell me what it is worth. One end is starting to fray, otherwise it is not very worn. The rug measures about 31 by 61 inches, and has the original Iran Cotton tag.

A: What you have is a Persian Sarouk from the late 1920s or early 1930s. The piece is very nice and has a somewhat unusual size. Most of these pieces were painted in New York when they came into the country. The American market wouldn’t support the “pinkish” color and the pieces were painted red by immigrant workers. This piece appears to be unpainted, which is also somewhat rare. I’d say that at retail here in this store we might sell this carpet for between $1500 and $1800.

Persian Sarouk


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    the rug fanatics July 11, 2011

    yay rugs!!!!!!!!!!! (other person) the design is prettyful…

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    Lianne Lemire March 14, 2012

    Hi I have a oriental rug that I would like to get some information about. Could you take a look?

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    Clare September 12, 2015

    I bought an early to mid 20 century rug about 10 years ago, sold to me as a Sarough but if so it is vey atypical and not like the American Saroughs at all. It has a navy and pink/red and white border and the same colour pink/red field with a small repeated design across the whole field in navy blue. No medallion. Bordering the field it has an inscription guard with Persian script about 5cm wide. I’ve never seen this type of rug before at all. It is at least 2m x 3m, in storage and consequently there is no picture. But if you could point me to similar rugs of this description I would be grateful.