Qum

Qum rugs take their name after the holy city of Qum in Central Persia (Qum is sometimes spelled as “Qom” or “Ghom”). Although some Qum rugs are made with woollen piles, the majority of Qum rugs are pure silk pieces. With knot counts of up to 1000 per square inch, pure silk Qum rugs are considered to be amongst the finest quality hand knotted rugs in the world today. As a carpet-weaving center, Qum is relatively young (weaving in the city started during the 1930s) and the designs and patterns used greatly vary, with the most popular schemes being the medallion, Shah Abbas, Vase, Boteh, and Bakhtiar (panelled garden) patterns.

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