Qum rugs

qum_202Qum, situated in the south of Tehran is a holy city and pilgrimage site sacred to Iranians. Home to a weaving industry that does not share a long and ancient history like some of her neighbors, Qum can however boast the production of many outstanding masterpieces created with high quality materials including pure silk and with exceptionally high KPSI (knots per square inch).

Although Qum’s commercial rug weaving industry is relatively new with its roots in the early 20th century the exquisite craftsmanship of the local artisans who make the Qum rugs, superb silk and appealing designs can attract high prices. Patterns and styles vary including everything from hunting scenes and ancient historical patterns to pictorials. Colors can range from bold reds to the softer hues of beige and blue. Shapes and sizes vary considerably too, which can be an advantage for rug enthusiasts who may want a rug to fit in an unusual space. You can buy rectangle, oval, round and square in sizes from beautiful small prayer rugs to the even grander and more impressive palace sized.

A very special finish to the Qum rug is that you can find the weavers name woven into the border of many of the rugs.