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Superb Persian Silk Qom Medallion Rug *

* This rug is an example of what I offer. Please enquire about current stock to see availability”.

10′ x 6’5″ / 3.04 x 1.95

Qom is the holiest city in Iran and lies 90 miles/145kms south of the capital of Iran, Tehran. It is famous for its gold-domed mosque and religious learning. I believe the artisan weavers worship with their hearts, minds and their fingers to create some of the worlds’ finest floral silk and wool hand-knotted rugs.

Persian hand knotted Qom rugs are woven in both wool and silk piles with the warp and weft (base) being either cotton or silk. Weaving only started here 75 years ago but quickly gained a stellar reputation, with the silk rugs rivalling the finest Persian Kashan and Turkish Hereke examples.

The wool rugs of Qom are available in many qualities, none of them poor, but I find the majority have highly processed wool and often candy coloured dyes too ‘dead’. Strangely, the same is also true of Turkish Hereke wool rugs! The better ones however have a sheen that lifts the intricate colours and floral motifs to a new level. The knot count can be extraordinarily high, especially when the base is silk which allows for tiny knots to be woven. This gives the designs depth and clarity which is reflected in the high prices.

Handmade Persian wool and silk Qom rugs are made in most sizes but larger rugs are not easy to find in the UK.

This version is woven on a silk warp and weft which allows for even smaller knots to be tied, thus creating a fantastically intricate interpretation of The Garden of Paradise.

From £2,500m2

Type: Handmade
Origin: Iran
Materials: Silk on Silk Base
One-Off: Yes
Available in Showroom: NW London
Inspiration: View Rug Inspiration

Please use your rug with a suitable underlay which will protect the back of the knots and allow dirt to fall through the rug. Vacuum sparingly, once a week is sufficient, and do so on a low power and without the rotating brush, as this strips the pile. Clean professionally at least once every five years. Turn your rug every year if possible to even out footfall patterns and sun fading. Never leave your rug undisturbed under furniture in the dark. Keep a moth trap in the room if possible.