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Sarouk Persian Rugs & Carpets

Sarouk rugs are part of a group known as “city rugs,” manufactured in town or city workshops. Emerging as a style around 1890, Sarouks come from the Arak region of Iran. Made of wool, Sarouk rugs often bear a medallion design, floral motifs, and a dark palette of predominant reds and blues. “Ferahan Sarouks” resemble original “Ferahans,” with a palette of green and white. Earlier Sarouk rugs feature large designs, open spaces, and fine knotting.

By the late 19th century, the Western world had become enamored with ancient treasures such as Oriental rugs. Suddenly, production did not meet the demand for antique rugs. European and American companies arranged mass production for shipment to the West. The British-Swiss firm Zieglar and Company had offices in Sultanabad (Arak) which included the Sarouk village.

Some carpet collectors do not consider Sarouks part of the investment-worthy antique rug world; however, Sarouks do have value as antiques and as durable carpets. During the 1920s and 1930s, the Sarouk became extremely popular in America. The durability of the carpets suited the high-traffic American lifestyle and brought the opulence of the Oriental rug to the home.


Quick Facts

  • A 20th century Sarouk rug sold for $1,000 at a Capital Collections auction in 2015
  • A Sarouk Fereghan rug (circa 1900) sold for $5,242 at a Christie’s auction in 2012
  • Some Sarouks, along with other types of rugs, have been retouched with paint to disguise wear or change the color, which negatively impacts the value of the object

Recommended Items at Auction

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Room Size Sarouk Oriental Carpet
May 08, 7:00 PM EDT
Room Size Sarouk Oriental Carpet
by Gary R. Wallace Auctioneers Inc.
Est: $0- $0
$1809 Bids
Antique Persian Sarouk Rug 6 ft 4 in x 4 ft (1.93 m x 1.21 m)
Jun 02, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique Persian Sarouk Rug 6 ft 4 in x 4 ft (1.93 m x 1.21 m)
by Nazmiyal Auctions
Est: $500- $1,000
$1001 Bid
Antique Sarouk Botanical Rug
Apr 24, 10:00 AM EDT
Antique Sarouk Botanical Rug
by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
Farahan Sarouk Oriental Throw Rug, 4' x 6' 7"
Apr 27, 10:00 AM EDT
Farahan Sarouk Oriental Throw Rug, 4' x 6' 7"
by Nadeau's Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
36in Traditional Persian Style Sarouk Wool Rug
Apr 27, 10:00 AM MST
36in Traditional Persian Style Sarouk Wool Rug
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
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SAROUK RUG: 3'4" X 5'11" Circa 1920-30
Apr 25, 9:30 AM EDT
SAROUK RUG: 3'4" X 5'11" Circa 1920-30
by Eldred's
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
A Sarouk Wool Rug
Apr 23, 10:00 AM CDT
A Sarouk Wool Rug
by Hindman
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5001 Bid
Sarouk Oriental Carpet, 9' 4" x 11' 7"
Apr 27, 10:00 AM EDT
Sarouk Oriental Carpet, 9' 4" x 11' 7"
by Nadeau's Auction Gallery
Est: $800- $1,200
$4001 Bid
Sarouk Rug
Apr 24, 10:00 AM EDT
Sarouk Rug
by Doyle New York
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Sarouk Gallery Carpet
Apr 24, 10:00 AM EDT
Sarouk Gallery Carpet
by Doyle New York
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5000 Bids
Breiter Sarough-Läufer
May 03, 10:30 AM CEST
Breiter Sarough-Läufer
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €650- €1,300
€6500 Bids
Roomsize Sarough-Teppich
May 03, 10:30 AM CEST
Roomsize Sarough-Teppich
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €2,400- €4,800
€2,4000 Bids
A LARGE SAROUK HANDWOVEN PERSIAN AREA RUG, LATE 19TH CENTURY
Apr 27, 10:00 AM EDT
A LARGE SAROUK HANDWOVEN PERSIAN AREA RUG, LATE 19TH CENTURY
by Shapiro Auctions LLC
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,5000 Bids
Saruk #'Mohajeran#'antique, Persia, around 1900
May 04, 11:00 AM CEST
Saruk #'Mohajeran#'antique, Persia, around 1900
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €1,000- €3,000
€1,0000 Bids
Large Vase Design Antique Persian Sarouk Farahan Rug 18 ft 6 in x 12 ft 3 in (5.64 m x 3.73 m)
Jun 02, 12:00 PM EDT
Large Vase Design Antique Persian Sarouk Farahan Rug 18 ft 6 in x 12 ft 3 in (5.64 m x 3.73 m)
by Nazmiyal Auctions
Est: $30,000- $40,000
$20,0000 Bids
Farahan Sarouk Oriental Carpet, 11' x 14' 2"
Apr 27, 10:00 AM EDT
Farahan Sarouk Oriental Carpet, 11' x 14' 2"
by Nadeau's Auction Gallery
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$7000 Bids
Us Re-Import Saruk, Persia, around 1910/1920, corkwool on
May 04, 11:00 AM CEST
Us Re-Import Saruk, Persia, around 1910/1920, corkwool on
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €500- €1,000
€5000 Bids
Large Antique Persian Sarouk Farahan Rug 15 ft 4 in x 10 ft 10 in (4.67 m x 3.3 m)
Jun 02, 12:00 PM EDT
Large Antique Persian Sarouk Farahan Rug 15 ft 4 in x 10 ft 10 in (4.67 m x 3.3 m)
by Nazmiyal Auctions
Est: $10,000- $15,000
$5,0000 Bids
SIGNED & DATED SAROUK PERSIAN RUG
Apr 30, 1:00 PM BST
SIGNED & DATED SAROUK PERSIAN RUG
by Plakas Auctions
Est: £3,000- £5,000
£2,6000 Bids
Hand Knotted Persian Sarouk 2x4.3 ft
May 07, 11:00 AM EDT
Hand Knotted Persian Sarouk 2x4.3 ft
by Fine Georgian Silver Inc
Est: $125- $200
$1000 Bids
Hand Knotted Persian Sarouk Rug 6.6x10 ft
May 07, 11:00 AM EDT
Hand Knotted Persian Sarouk Rug 6.6x10 ft
by Fine Georgian Silver Inc
Est: $500- $700
$4000 Bids
Hand Knotted Persian Sarouk Rug 2.10x2 ft
May 07, 11:00 AM EDT
Hand Knotted Persian Sarouk Rug 2.10x2 ft
by Fine Georgian Silver Inc
Est: $100- $200
$1000 Bids
Antique Saruk Mohajeran, Persia, around 1910/1920
May 04, 11:00 AM CEST
Antique Saruk Mohajeran, Persia, around 1910/1920
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €250- €750
€1200 Bids

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