The art of Persian rugs originated more than 2,500 years ago. Persian rugs and carpets initially woven by nomadic tribes to cover the floors or for other purposes. Persian rugs have been considered as works of art and these creations have been passed down from generation to generation over the centuries. As international trade developed, the variety of patterns &color combinations and designs in Persian rugs grew.
The Persian rugs reached its top value during the Safavid Dynasty in the 16th century AD. Approximately 1500 examples from this period are preserved in various museums and in private collections worldwide. Also today, Persian rugs are the first choice of many the top interior decorators, retail consumers, private collectors, and museums.
Serapi is a trade name given to better quality Heriz rugs thought to have been woven before 1900. In the United States, the highest quality of Heriz rugs are called Serapi. The name Serapi originates from the village of Serab.