Top 3 Original Design Rugs We Have In Our Boutique

One-of-a-Kind Hummingbird, 9 x 12 feet

This one-of-a-kind rug is a 9×12 ft. size. A week has not gone by without a customer stopping in to gaze at its intricate weave and open design. It is newly made and hand woven, and is a wonderful wool and silk blend. Soft! The two large hummingbirds gracefully swoop between the flowers. It is the most exquisite rug you can see close up and its crisp design and beautiful pattern create a feeling of peace.

Top 3 Rug Designs - Humming Bird - Kismet Fine Rugs

Colorful Contemporary, 9 x 12 feet

Another one-of-a-kind, this 9×12 ft. is newly designed by Kismet owner, Jeff. It is a blend of silk and wool, and has a raised texture. The neon colors create dimensions across the neutral background. This rug has about sixty different color threads! This contemporary style rug is truly lovely and wonderfully modern.

Antique Serapi, 10 x 14 feet

This masterpiece rug is a 10×14 ft. and an antique Serapi design. It currently hangs on display directly behind our front desk in our boutique. Clients who come in to look at small rugs fall in love with this beautiful piece and request a version in their size. It is a collector’s item in excellent condition. A traditional and classic style with wonderful coloring.


Oriental rugs are extremely durable, but they do need regular care to ensure they remain in top condition.

If a spill occurs on your rug use the following steps:

  1. Carefully blot up the liquid using a clean white towel to prevent the color transfer from the cloth to the rug.
  2. Spot Clean the area gently with a mild detergent.
  3. Rinse the spot with clear water.
  4. Allow airflow underneath the rug while drying.

In order to prevent serious damage or the natural vegetable dyes from “running”, we recommend using a professional rug cleaning service to clean your rug.


Khotan rugs were once called Samarkand rugs after the Central Asian trading center. They combine Chinese details with Central Asian design schemes and Western vivid coloring, except where recent fugitive dyes have reduced their effect to washed-out pastels. The technique of all-silk Khotan rugs, some of which have areas of metal thread, has been influenced to some degree by the earlier carpets of Persia, but the decoration generally consists of lattice designs bearing clusters of rosettes. The borders may have Chinese wave and fret patterns or flowering vines. Staffs, multiple prayer rugs for the use of a group, have been woven in wool and in silk. Khotan rugs with woolen pile have cotton warp and mixed-color wool or cotton weft and are usually made with the asymmetrical knot. Field colors may be blue, yellow, or white, as well as the usual red.


A Sarouk is a type of Persian rug originally woven in the Arak weaving district of Iran in the late 19th and early 20th century.

Ferahan, Sarouk

One of the earliest of the new breed of Arak District Persian rugs were known as Ferahans—not Ferahan Sarouks, but simply Ferahans. Ferahans seem to have been made from about 1875 until perhaps 1913. Nearly all were in Herati designs unbroken by medallions, on madder red fields. Many were prized for the color of their borders, invariably described in books as pistachio green.

Persian Ferahan Sarouk rugs:  Another weave was developed in the Arak District at nearly the same time, commissioned by Tabriz merchants and woven from about 1890 to World War One. Simply called Sarouks at the time, these are the rugs that have become known as Ferahan Sarouks. In appearance, they are quite different from Ferahans. They’re finer (an average of 270 knots per square inch in a recent sampling) and heavier (they are double-weft with depressed warps) and unlike Ferahans are most often made in medallion designs on blue or ivory fields. Fairly often they were made in pictorial designs featuring trees and birds. In the first years of their manufacture, local weaving skills simply were not up to the detailed designs supplied by the Tabriz merchants. There is something charmingly clumsy about these Ferahan Sarouks. Indeed, their lack of perfection is characteristic by which they may be identified. Weavers in Kashan who were making rugs at the same time with similar designs and of similar fineness usually produced more skillfully woven rugs, though perhaps not as charming. As they have become scarce, Ferahan Sarouks have become extremely desirable and expensive.

Malayer Sarouks & Josan Sarouks

An old dirt road connects Arak and Hamadan, which lie about 125 miles apart. On this road, roughly halfway between, lie two villages, Malayer and Josan, whose rugs are often mistaken for Ferahan Sarouks. Rugs from both villages share many characteristics with Ferahan Sarouks: a fine weave and designs featuring medallions, for instance. They are symmetrically knotted and usually not quite as nice as old Ferahan Sarouks

American Sarouks

The American Sarouk is one of the more popular designs of the 20th century. The American Sarouk was a genre of a rug woven in Sarouk, Persia. The demand, importation, and production of such carpets were very high from the 1920s through the 1950s. Though the American Sarouk varied greatly in thickness, some of the more identifiable qualities are color and pattern. American Sarouks tend to feature a red background with a blue border or blue background with a red border. While the color of red varied greatly from a dusty rose to a deep wine red, the use of these reds was almost guaranteed to come with a deep blue. American Sarouks were most often produced with an allover “floral spray” pattern. While some American Sarouks did feature medallions, they are found in far less frequency. American Sarouks almost never had spandrels in the corners of the field, and most common sizes were 9×12. It is not unusual to find unique and oversize American Sarouk pieces too.

How do you identify an American Sarouk?
They are woven with an asymmetrical knot, usually about 120 of them per square inch. They are double weft and have a fairly stiff handle. At least 95% are in rose fields; a few are blue. They have designs of scattered floral sprays. If, in addition to these features, you find that the field-color of a carpet is light rose on the back and dark rose- or even burgundy- on the top, it’s an American Sarouk.

Mohajaran Sarouks

Every rug dealer knows exactly what a Mohajaran Sarouk is. The trouble is that they don’t agree. Some believe Mohajarans began to be woven around 1900 while others think they were not produced until about 1920. Some say there was a village named Mohajaran near Arak and that Mohajarans were made there. Others believe that Mohajaran is nothing but the name of a grade of Sarouk. Most believe that Mohajarans are finer than American painted Sarouks. Unfortunately, no one has written authoritatively about Mohajaran Sarouks. A. Cecil Edwards, who was in the rug business from about 1900 to 1947 and who for many years was stationed in Persia, says not a word about them though he writes at length about other kinds of Sarouks. It seems likely that, whatever Mohajaran Sarouks are, they were not thought of as separate from other American Sarouks until after Edward’s time. What most dealers do seem to agree on. Mohajarans were contemporaries of the American painted Sarouk, made from about 1924 or earlier until the late 1930s. Though their designs of scattered floral sprays are essentially the same as those in American Sarouks, they are sparer and less highly ornamented than American Sarouks. Mohajarans are more likely to have blue fields and rose fields probably constitute the majority. Small Mohajarans are rare; most are room-sized.

Indian Sarouk

Indo-Sarouks are Indian copies of Sarouks. For decades Indian rug makers tried to capture the look of old Sarouks without succeeding. Just lately, though, we have begun to see impressively attractive and well-made Indo-Sarouks. (I have counted 169 knots per inch in a Mohajaran look-alike and nearly 300 knots in a Ferahan knock-off.) As with many other new rugs in the market now, rug-designers have gone back to the best old pieces for their models. When rug-makers reproduce American Sarouks, for instance, they often copy exceptional old Mohajaran-types with spare designs. The best producers have captured the exquisite rose-color of old Sarouks. A few manufacturers have undertaken to reproduce old Ferahan Sarouks and one or two have succeeded admirably. Most, though, are still short of the mark when it comes to capturing the beauty of an old Ferahan Sarouk.


Abadeh rugs often feature bold colors, commonly with a red field with an ivory, dark blue or black border. They commonly feature a medallion centered in the middle of the rug, and spandrels covering each corner of the field with a gul anchoring each. Better Abadeh rugs are often woven with nice quality, durable wool, and dense structure. Abadeh rugs do not “drape” as much as other Persian rugs, as construction is very tight and fairly rigid. Design elements often found in the field are cypress trees woven in the center under and above the center medallion, along with scattered small geometric flowers.


Heriz carpets are tribal hand-woven rugs produced by Azerbaijan Turkish inhabitants of the city of Heriz in Northwestern Iran. They are famous among designers because of their large vivid vegetable or soft earth tones that are woven into a geometric pattern. While no two Heriz rugs are identical, they generally tend to have a recognizable similarity in design and weaving structures. Most have a large central medallion embedded within a lighter field. Rugs made by Heriz weavers are highly prized for their marvelous design and sturdiness. Their charm lies mainly in the balance of the colors. Today, some of the largest carpets produced in Iran are from Heriz. Other descriptive names that are used are: Serapi (Rugs woven 1800-1910) Bakhshayesh or Bakhshaish (woven 1780- 1900) Goravan (woven 1850-Present) Karajdgeh (woven 1850-Present).


Gabbeh translates to unclipped. These rugs are thick, long-piled rugs and sometimes labeled as “contemporary”. These rugs feature a “folk style” design and are primarily made by the Qashqai, a nomadic tribe of the Fars. The field of Gabbeh rugs is often one solid color (perhaps without borders), depicting woven, geometric animal and human interpretations. Colors often are on the brighter and upbeat side, with rich and deep golds, reds, blues and others.


Gabbeh translates to unclipped. These rugs are thick, long-piled rugs and sometimes labeled as “contemporary”. These rugs feature a “folk style” design and are primarily made by the Qashqai, a nomadic tribe of the Fars. The field of Gabbeh rugs is often one solid color (perhaps without borders), depicting woven, geometric animal and human interpretations. Colors often are on the brighter and upbeat side, with rich and deep golds, reds, blues and others.


The Bokhara design is a traditional repetitive pattern using a design element known as a “gul”. The gul design is actually a stylized flower. Guls often vary in shape and design from rug to rug, but in any given individual weaving, the guls are arranged in uniform rows and columns in the field. Generally speaking, the guls may come in many forms. Most often, they are slightly oblong, shapely yet geometric. Bokhara rugs are almost always wool pile on either a wool or cotton foundation however this depends highly on country of origin. Bokhara design rugs are usually woven with very few “top” colors in each rug. It’s unusual to find a Bokhara rug containing more than 6 different colors. Colors are traditionally bold, including red, ivory, rust and black.


Kilims represent symbols of family tradition and tribal identity. No two hand-woven Kilims are exactly the same color in and size, which make each unique—a virtual piece of nomadic flat woven art, which historically was often part of a bride’s dowry. Weaving techniques vary from region to region. Only women do the weaving and generally on horizontal looms. It can take up to one year with four weavers to complete a larger Kilim. Antique Kilims are becoming increasingly difficult to find as collectors take down supply. Most Kilims are made from 100% handspun indigenous wool with natural vegetal dyes and hand woven on family looms.