Pakistani Sultanabad Rugs
Sultanabad (Arak) is an old city in northwest Iran, and is renowned for the high quality rugs woven with bold floral patterns. Most rug production took place in the late 19th century when European companies commissioned large decorative rugs for the European market. Sultanabad rugs are characterized by three general motifs. One is the Herati, distinguished by a flower within a diamond that is flanked by curving leaves, which sometimes resemble fish. Another is the Sarouk, named for a village in the Arak area and features central medallions. A third motif of Sultanabad rugs, the Semovar, features recurring rather than central medallions. The rugs in our Sultanabad collection are based on these beautiful floral patterns, but have been made in much finer qualities in Pakistan.