Claremont Rug Company is pleased to present this exquisite new addition to our featured arrivals collection, a beautifully refined antique Serapi. Among the extremely rare group of area size Serapi rugs, we haven’t seen another with such mesmerizing beauty as this 5×6 piece. Its scale of design innovatively uses the regional pattern language to exquisitely successful results by eschewing the grand Serapi centerpiece. Instead, a refined undersized rosette medallion centers the over-scale richly blossoming field vinery and unusual anchor motifs in the corner pieces. The heavily ornamented border suite provides an effective counterbalance to the spaciousness of the field pattern, as harmony is created through echoing its blues, greens, roses and golds, leaving the carnelian red to the field alone. An atypically fine weave for a Serapi rug coupled with exceptionally lustrous wool and a regal palette create, at the same time, an overall effect of profound drama and an overriding sense of sweetness. All of its previous owners clearly regarded this piece as dearly as we do, as they preserved it in excellent, heavier pile condition over its 125 years of existence. This piece would be a magnificent addition to any collection, sure to delight viewers for many year to come.