Very Fine Persian Qum Carpet – Pure Silk

Rug #2535
Size: 395 x 297 cm / 13 x 9.7 ft
Handwoven in: 

Very Fine Persian Qum Carpet – Pure Silk – Millefleurs (Thousand Flowers) Central Medallion – Floral cornucopia on blue base


An Exceptionally Fine and Rare Persian Qum Silk Carpet, Central Persia, Silk on Silk Foundation, Signed

Mid 20th Century

A Persian Qum silk carpet, with an extremely fine weave displaying a profusion of varying multi coloured floral elements in a formal arrangement of central medallion format

The aqua marine millefleurs field with a blue oval pointed medallion enclosing a quatrefoil aqua marine millefleurs centre piece cornered and flanked by vases issuing raceme polychrome floral bouquets, all within an aqua marine border enclosing similar polychrome millefleurs and vases issuing floral bouquets, a narrow blue outer surround with an inscription.



The city of Qum is a recently established centre for the weaving of urban style carpets 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 groundbreaking. The fine silk used in their creations allows the highly skilled weavers to draw exceptional precise detail often in minute scale.

It is not surprising that Qum as a weaving centre has become one of the most important and significant centres of ‘Pahlavi’ Persian rug production. The finest Persian Qum silk rugs present all the very best characteristics associated with the ‘Revival’ of the urban Persian handmade rug industry which began in the late 19th century. This Persian Qum silk rug represents an outstanding example aspiring to these recognised standards of excellence.

This spectacular very fine Persian Qum silk carpet displays an incredibly complex design which recalls 17th century tradition, and a mix of revivalist features in an amalgam to create a magnificent spectacle of floral profusion. 17th century classical features are seen in the format, which is of central medallion orientation, the presence of vases, the trifoliate mirrored ‘crowns’, the presence of raceme floral elements and the mirrored design both on the vertical and horizontal axis. The revivalist approach is seen with the use of exceptionally detailed millefleurs and in the original groundbreaking style of design consistent with a Qum approach to pursuing both technical and artistic excellence in their rug production. The colours used in this magnificent Persian Qum silk rug are from the extensive Qum palette and combined in a remarkable harmonic way to produce an outstanding artistic and technical work of woven art. Particularly noteworthy in this Persian Qum silk rug is the fact that the design has been perfectly mirrored on both the vertical and horizontal axis. Given the extraordinary complexity of design, it is hard to comprehend that such detail can be created in this way.

The vision of the Master Weaver, (Ustad), and his ability convert this vision have combined to create a true master piece of woven art in this magnificent Persian Qum silk carpet.


Very Fine Persian Qum carpet handwoven in Iran from pure silk. Bearing a Millefleurs (Thousand Flowers) central medallion design, vase-filled elaborate bouquets together with juxtaposed Boteh (Paisley) motifs. Light complexion with floral cornucopia of various colours set on blue base.

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.