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.