Persian Qum Extra-Large Carpet – Pure Silk – Palace Size

Rug #5090
Size: 820 x 520 cm / 26.9 x 17.1 ft
Handwoven in: 
Categories:   ,

Persian Qum Extra-Large Carpet – Pure Silk – Palace Size


An exceptionally fine, unique and large Qum Silk Carpet, Central Persia, silk on silk foundation, signed.

Approximate size 800 x 500cm.

Mid 20th Century


The ivory field with a central polychrome circular floral medallion, linked to mirrored blue floral pendants, supported by fine sinuous curvilinear scrolling vines issuing palmettes flower heads and curled hooked leaves, green, and salmon floral spandrels, issuing trifoliate motifs within a complex salmon border enclosing continuous ‘in and out’ polychrome palmettes supported by fine sinuous meandering vines issuing palmettes flower heads and leaves,  master weaver inscription to one end outer guard border, plain salmon surround.

The city of Qum is a recently established centre for the weaving of urban style rugs with workshops appearing there from around 1927 onwards. It rapidly became a significant and important centre for the creation of technically extremely fine silk rugs and carpets, though fine wool pile rugs are also made there. The repertoire of their designs is varied, ranging from designs based on Safavid Persian traditions of the 16th and 17th Centuries, through to individual creative designs of unparalleled technical and artistic visual excellence, which can often be described as ground breaking. The fine silk used in their creations allows the highly skilled weavers to draw exceptional precise detail often in minute scale.

This exceptional Persian Qum silk carpet displays a design based on classical 17th century Safavid tradition of central medallion format.  Over all pattern details can vary considerably in scale in Persian weavings. This Persian Qum carpet exhibits exceptional, rare pattern detail in the presentation of the composition. Simply thousands of flora forms are depicted. The design displays layered finely drawn vines issuing intricately drawn flora forms and leaves, presented in magnificent juxtaposed complementary colours from the extensive Qum palette. Such layering gives depth to the composition. An intriguing and highly decorative feature is seen in the presence of green and salmon spandrels. Normally the colours of the central medallion would be repeated in the spandrels. The salmon red border presents a superb contrasting yet complementary frame to the main field activity. The enclosed border pattern is drawn with the same consistent exceptional pattern drawing, which maintains continuity and harmony to the overall composition. This remarkably intricately drawn design is both symmetrical on both the horizontal and vertical axis, a feat of technical artistic virtuosity in its own right.


Extra-large Persian Qum carpet, in a larger than usual dimension considered palace size, handwoven from pure silk in Iran.

For further information please contact us and our team will be pleased to assist you. All pieces in the collection are under the auspices of Essie Sakhai, one of the world’s foremost experts and collectors of fine handmade Persian rugs and carpets.