The approx. knot count is 7H x 8V per sq. cm.
The field design of this magnificent Heriz carpet has a very long ancestry. As so often it was the weavers in 17th century Kirman who designed a series of carpets with fields covered with interlocking arabesques enclosing floral sprays. Again in common with other Kirman designs, a close variant on this design began to be woven in North West Persia in the 18th century. By the 19th century it was so well associated with the north west that it has picked up the name "Garrus", a small weaving centre near to Bijar in western Iran. But it was not just woven there. It lends itself very well to the demands of the European interior in the second half of the 19th century, and as a result many examples are found in country houses in Britain and western Europe. Large carpets with this design in silk are far rarer than those in wool.