There is nothing quite like a handmade silk rug, and for this reason, we prefer to show silk rugs separately from the other rugs. One of the things that make silk rugs so detailed is the fineness of the yarn which lets the silk weavers produce an extremely detailed carpet. All designs are completely planned with every element of the design being carefully worked out before the piece is made. Amongst the finest silk rugs are Persian Qum pieces that are made of silk on a silk foundation. These rugs are highly regarded because of the quality and intricacy of the pattern with a knot count ranging from 250 to 1000 knots per square inch.
One of the main reasons that silk rugs are more expensive is because of the additional time taken to weave them. Because silk is a lot finer than wool, the knot count in a handcrafted silk rug is often three or four times higher than the similar handmade wool rug or carpet. More beautiful yarns like silk means that a carpet can have a lot more detail when compared to a wool carpet and this is also the reason silk carpets feel a lot more luxurious.
In recent years we are finding fabulous handcrafted silk rugs from Kashmir which are often beautifully made on a silk foundation. These rugs are often more affordable than traditional Persian Qum pieces, and we think the quality is very comparable.
It should also be noted that our photographs in this section will be done from both ends of the silk carpet. You may think about some of the pieces we are showing as two different rugs because the difference is so great.