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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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Sarouk Ferahan Rug, Persia, Late 19th C., 7'0'' x 10'2''
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Sarouk Ferahan Rug, Persia, Late 19th C., 7'0'' x 10'2''
by Material Culture
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$7502 Bids
Painted Sarouk Oriental Rug
Nov 05, 12:00 PM EDT
Painted Sarouk Oriental Rug
by Cottone Auctions
Est: $700- $1,000
$3502 Bids
Farahan Sarouk Oriental Rug
Nov 05, 12:00 PM EDT
Farahan Sarouk Oriental Rug
by Cottone Auctions
Est: $700- $1,000
$3752 Bids
Blue Sarouk Oriental Carpet9' x 12'.
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Blue Sarouk Oriental Carpet9' x 12'.
by Nadeau's Auction Gallery
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,0001 Bid
Persian Sarouk Carpet, 10' x 7'
Nov 21, 12:00 PM EST
Persian Sarouk Carpet, 10' x 7'
by Showplace
Est: $800- $1,000
$1001 Bid
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Sarouk Oriental Runner
Nov 03, 10:00 AM EDT
Sarouk Oriental Runner
by Barry S. Slosberg Inc
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Sarouk Carpet
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Sarouk Carpet
by Neue Auctions
Est: $50- $100
$251 Bid
Sarouk Hand Knotted Rug 8.6 x 11.10 ft
Nov 07, 1:00 PM EDT
Sarouk Hand Knotted Rug 8.6 x 11.10 ft
by Four Seasons Auction Gallery
Est: $1,200- $1,600
$2001 Bid
Sarouk Hand Knotted Rug 8.9 x 12 ft
Nov 07, 1:00 PM EDT
Sarouk Hand Knotted Rug 8.9 x 12 ft
by Four Seasons Auction Gallery
Est: $1,200- $1,600
$3001 Bid
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SAROUK RUG: 2’2” X 4’0” Circa 1920
Nov 04, 9:30 AM EDT
SAROUK RUG: 2’2” X 4’0” Circa 1920
by Eldred's
Est: $250- $350
$1251 Bid
Blue Sarouk Oriental Throw Rug3' 4" x 4' 10"
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Blue Sarouk Oriental Throw Rug3' 4" x 4' 10"
by Nadeau's Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $450
$1501 Bid
Sarouk Area Rug5' x 10' 5"
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Sarouk Area Rug5' x 10' 5"
by Nadeau's Auction Gallery
Est: $500- $1,000
$2500 Bids
Sarouk Oriental Rug2' x 4' 2"
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Sarouk Oriental Rug2' x 4' 2"
by Nadeau's Auction Gallery
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Sarouk Oriental Runnerhaving wear2' 6" x 6' 6"
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Sarouk Oriental Runnerhaving wear2' 6" x 6' 6"
by Nadeau's Auction Gallery
Est: $150- $250
$750 Bids
Sarouk Oriental Carpetwear8' 6" x 11' 8"
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Sarouk Oriental Carpetwear8' 6" x 11' 8"
by Nadeau's Auction Gallery
Est: $500- $1,000
$2500 Bids
Sarouk Oriental Runner 2' 6" x 7' 6"
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Sarouk Oriental Runner 2' 6" x 7' 6"
by Nadeau's Auction Gallery
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Sarouk Oriental Carpet8' 10" x 11' 9"
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Sarouk Oriental Carpet8' 10" x 11' 9"
by Nadeau's Auction Gallery
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5000 Bids
Sarouk Oriental Throw Rug4' x 6' 5"
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Sarouk Oriental Throw Rug4' x 6' 5"
by Nadeau's Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
PERSIAN SAROUK RUG CIRCA 1940
Oct 28, 11:00 AM EDT
PERSIAN SAROUK RUG CIRCA 1940
by Kamelot Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
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SAROUK RUG: 8’9” X 11’9” Second Quarter of the 20th Century
Nov 18, 9:30 AM EST
SAROUK RUG: 8’9” X 11’9” Second Quarter of the 20th Century
by Eldred's
Est: $700- $1,000
$3500 Bids
TEPPICH: Sarouk, alt.
Nov 03, 2:00 PM CET
TEPPICH: Sarouk, alt.
by Dobiaschofsky Auktionen AG
Est: CHF3,000- CHF4,500
CHF2,2000 Bids
PERSIAN SAROUK HANDWOVEN WOOL RUG, C. 1930S, W 2' 7", L 4' 11"
Nov 12, 11:00 AM EST
PERSIAN SAROUK HANDWOVEN WOOL RUG, C. 1930S, W 2' 7", L 4' 11"
by DuMouchelles
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
PERSIAN SAROUK HANDWOVEN WOOL RUG, C. 1930S, W 3' 4", L 5'
Nov 12, 11:00 AM EST
PERSIAN SAROUK HANDWOVEN WOOL RUG, C. 1930S, W 3' 4", L 5'
by DuMouchelles
Est: $300- $400
$1500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Sarouk Persian Rugs & Carpets


Nadeau's Auction Gallery

Nadeau's Auction Gallery

DuMouchelles

DuMouchelles

Alex Cooper

Alex Cooper

Eldred's

Eldred's