The look: Heriz (pronounced ‘Hereez’) oriental rugs are the most one of the most famous for the Persian rug collector and can be found in the most expansive library halls. The majority of Heriz rugs have a tell-tale characteristic of a large single medallion that has eight edges. You can find same tribal patterns that are made in surrounding villages like Goravan.
The general feel for quality: The quality of HERIZ rugs can vary from fine to tribal. The old antique Heriz rug, named ‘Serapi’, possibly originated from Sarab near Heriz, are very valuable and there are many buyers all around the world for antique Serapis.
Watch out for: Villages around Heriz that weave rugs. These villages, such as Goravan, can produce pieces (although nice and hand-knotted, are not as fine as an authentic Heriz) which can be passed off as a Heriz to inflate its price or improperly display as a ‘discounted Heriz rug’.
Shape and style: Heriz rugs come in different sizes where majority of them are in a mid size (4×6 to 8×10 feet) range. You can also find large rugs up to a larger oversize (15 x 24 feet).
Color: Light red, brown and sky blue are the primary colors in a Heriz. Blue is used as contrast and contour colors. Brown, beige and turquoise shades indicate older pieces.
Pile texture: Soft, medium-thickness wool with a good, tight texture.
Foundation: Heriz rugs and carpets have cotton warps and their wefts are either cotton or wool.
Solomon’s finest sources: The district and the town of Heriz are known as historical places in the east Azarbaijan province. The town of Heriz is one of the oldest areas of the province. The town of Heriz and the surrounding villages are internationally well-known for the good quality and beautiful rugs which are produced there. Heriz rugs are known to have global artistic recognition and value.