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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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Persian Sarough
Dec 07, 7:00 PM AEDT
Persian Sarough
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD2007 Bids
Sarouk Red Ground Rug, 10 ft 6 in x 13 ft 1 in
Dec 06, 10:00 AM EST
Sarouk Red Ground Rug, 10 ft 6 in x 13 ft 1 in
by Weschler's
Est: $600- $800
$5504 Bids
Sarouk Rug, 5 ft x 3 ft 1 in
Dec 06, 10:00 AM EST
Sarouk Rug, 5 ft x 3 ft 1 in
by Weschler's
Est: $50- $100
$552 Bids
LARGE & ATTRACTIVE PERSIAN SAROUK C. 1930
Dec 13, 9:00 AM CST
LARGE & ATTRACTIVE PERSIAN SAROUK C. 1930
by Jackson's International
Est: $150- $250
$1301 Bid
Sarouk Rug 5 ft x 3 ft 1 in
Dec 06, 10:00 AM EST
Sarouk Rug 5 ft x 3 ft 1 in
by Weschler's
Est: $20- $40
$101 Bid
Sarough-Brücke
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Sarough-Brücke
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €240- €480
€2400 Bids
Alte Sarough-Brücke
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Alte Sarough-Brücke
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €500- €1,000
€5000 Bids
Alte Sarough-Brücke
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Alte Sarough-Brücke
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €500- €1,000
€5000 Bids
Saruk, Persia, around 1900, wool on cotton, approx. 74 x
Dec 10, 2:00 PM CET
Saruk, Persia, around 1900, wool on cotton, approx. 74 x
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €100- €200
€400 Bids
Saruk, Persia, around 1930, wool on cotton, approx. 77 x
Dec 10, 2:00 PM CET
Saruk, Persia, around 1930, wool on cotton, approx. 77 x
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €100- €300
€400 Bids
Saruk Mir, Persia, approx. 50 years, wool on cotton
Dec 10, 2:00 PM CET
Saruk Mir, Persia, approx. 50 years, wool on cotton
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €150- €300
€400 Bids
Saruk fine, Persia, around 1950, corkwool, approx. 410
Dec 10, 2:00 PM CET
Saruk fine, Persia, around 1950, corkwool, approx. 410
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €500- €1,000
€2400 Bids
Saruk Mir, Persia, approx. 50 years, wool on cotton
Dec 10, 2:00 PM CET
Saruk Mir, Persia, approx. 50 years, wool on cotton
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €250- €500
€1200 Bids
Saruk fine, Persia, approx. 50 years, cork wool
Dec 10, 2:00 PM CET
Saruk fine, Persia, approx. 50 years, cork wool
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €400- €800
€2000 Bids
Saruk fine, Persia, around 1960, corkwool, approx. 362
Dec 10, 2:00 PM CET
Saruk fine, Persia, around 1960, corkwool, approx. 362
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €400- €800
€2000 Bids
Saruk old, Persia, approx. 50 years, wool on cotton
Dec 10, 2:00 PM CET
Saruk old, Persia, approx. 50 years, wool on cotton
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €100- €300
€400 Bids
Saruk fine, Persia, approx. 60 years, wool on cotton
Dec 10, 2:00 PM CET
Saruk fine, Persia, approx. 60 years, wool on cotton
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €300- €600
€1200 Bids
Saruk, Persia, approx. 50 years, wool on cotton
Dec 10, 2:00 PM CET
Saruk, Persia, approx. 50 years, wool on cotton
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €300- €600
€1200 Bids
SAROUK HAND KNOTTED RUG – 9.11 x 13.9
Dec 06, 3:00 PM EST
SAROUK HAND KNOTTED RUG – 9.11 x 13.9
by The Rug Life Auctions
Est: $3,000- $4,000
$4500 Bids
PALACE SIZED VINTAGE PERSIAN SAROUK HAND KNOTTED RUG – 10.4 x 18.4
Dec 06, 3:00 PM EST
PALACE SIZED VINTAGE PERSIAN SAROUK HAND KNOTTED RUG – 10.4 x 18.4
by The Rug Life Auctions
Est: $7,000- $10,000
$1,5000 Bids
A Sarouk carpet circa 1920
Dec 09, 11:00 AM EST
A Sarouk carpet circa 1920
by Freeman's
Est: $6,000- $8,000
$3,0000 Bids
Saruk fine, Persia, approx. 50 years, wool on cotton
Dec 10, 2:00 PM CET
Saruk fine, Persia, approx. 50 years, wool on cotton
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €300- €600
€1200 Bids
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DJOZAN-SARUK
Dec 14, 9:00 AM CET
DJOZAN-SARUK
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF1,000- CHF1,400
CHF1,0000 Bids
A Sarouk rug
Dec 15, 8:00 PM CET
A Sarouk rug
by Venduehuis der Notarissen
Est: €800- €1,200
€5000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Sarouk Persian Rugs & Carpets


Henry's Auktionshaus

Henry's Auktionshaus

Jackson's International

Jackson's International

Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden

Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden

Apple Tree Auction Center

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