Woven by hand in one of the most important and beautiful cities in the Middle East, once the capital of the glittering cultured Persian Empire of the 16th century. Situated in central Iran, the extraordinary design achievements and culture of this city are evident in the mosque decorations, with their arabesque motifs and riot of interlocking motifs and colours.
Without a doubt the most beautiful and ‘Persian’ looking of all formal workshop Iranian rugs. Qom rugs may be seen as an equal but lack the soul and restrained vibrancy of hand-knotted wool and silk Isfahan rugs. The quality of weave, dyes, pile materials and design combine to produce the world’s best formal rugs. Intricate floral designs connected with interlaced flowering branches surround delicate 16-point medallions and all rendered in superbly balanced colours. The designers use animals more than any other workshop rugs which are highly lifelike, given the density of the knot count. The Serafian family became renowned for making the best examples and you will find a plain strip of flatweave un-piled kilim at each end with their signature.
There is nothing to be faulted with these rugs and therefore they are more expensive than any other Persian wool rug, but if you can reach for one it will bring you and your home joy forever.