Detail of front and back of a Persian silk ‘Qom’ rug

Persian Rugs

Traditional rugs are always wholly made by hand, each knot tied by the weaver around the warp threads on a vertical or horizontal loom. A handmade rug can have from thousands to millions of knots and can take from 2 weeks to 2 years to make.

The materials are generally wool, silk or cotton, or a mixture. The backing- the longitudinal warp threads and the latitudinal weft threads- of the rug is always either cotton, wool, silk or jute.

The most usual and popular traditional rugs are made in Turkey, Iran (Persia), Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal and China. Rugs can be supplied in a variety of colours including Black, Blue, Cream, Green, Grey, Navy, Pink, Red and Teal.

Hand Knotted Persian Rugs

Persian hand-knotted rugs are an artisan-made art form which are practical, hard-wearing and beautiful. Made in a huge variety of sizes, materials, styles and colours, they make a fantastic addition to any home.

Traditional Persian Rugs

Traditional design rugs are the most classic formal hand knotted Persian and Oriental rugs and come with and without central medallions. They either generally floral or geometric designs and have a pile of wool or silk or a combination of the two.

Persian Rugs with Modern Designs

There are very few Persian rugs with a more modern aesthetic but the ones that are made are from the settled tribal weavers from Central and Southern Iran. They have a wonderful deep lustrous pile and are extremely heavy- therefore they lie very flat without moving- making them ideal for a busy family or kid’s room. In a bedroom they are warm and very comfortable and can be used on top of deep broadloom carpet without rucking up. They are far superior in materials and quality to the copies made in India and the price reflects this.

Persian Gabbeh cream handmade wool rug

Persian Tribal Rugs

Tribal rugs refer to specific rug designs woven by formerly nomadic tribes of Iran and Afghanistan. Nowadays they are settled but still weave rugs which are for the commercial market in the West. Often a more freeform design than other rugs and sometimes highly artistic, spontaneous and collectable. They are not the most hard wearing of rugs but often have super luxurious wool and a suppleness that allows them to be used in many ways other than the floor. The best ones are the embodiment of the artistic living spirit.

View Persian Silk Rugs

My carefully selected silk rugs are all hand knotted in Iran which, along with the fine Turkish silks, are the best in the world. They use true silk – no bamboo silk or mercerised cotton- and often weave on a silk warp and weft. They are made with thousands of knots per square metre and sometimes have gold and silver thread inlaid for added effect for utter luxury! The detail achieved is incredible and fine silk rugs change 360 times as you view from every angle. Silk rugs also look superb as a work of art on the wall so place a rod through a sleeve on the reverse and highlight with a floodlight.

Hand Knotted Persian Silk 'Qom' Rug

Flatweave Kilims- No Pile

Kilims are flatweave rugs so have no pile. As a decoration they often have areas of wool pile as a decoration – this is a mixed technique kilim. Kilims were used to wrap the bales of rugs when being shipped to the west and, until about 1980, were not particualrly valued. The design is formed from the weft thread which runs across the rug and is woven in and out of the longitudinal warp threads. They are supple, light and easily transported. Use anywhere in the house- walls, as bed spreads or over the back of a sofa or chair. Best used with a non slip underaly as they do move and ruck up.