Persian Silk Rugs

Persian & Oriental silk rugs are the most intricate, and often most valuable, of all hand-knotted rugs. The fine yet strong silk fibres used in these rugs allow more knots per square inch to be tied giving a clearer pattern with more detail and increased likeness to real-life, a good analogy being that of an HDTV over a regular TV. The most valuable silk rugs are 100% silk from the warp and weft to the pile. Because of their silk foundation there can be more warp strings (visible as tassles or fringes at the ends of the rug) across with width - meaning more knots can be tied in a given area. With the more expensive materials coupled with finer knot counts comes more skilled artisans.

A typical Persian or Oriental rug made in wool might have between 100 and 300 knots per square inch - a typical 100% silk rug on the other hand would have between 300 and 600 KPSI. As a result, weaving the rug will require 3-4 times the amount of work which becomes more skilled the more intricate the pattern; meaning at least 3-4 times the price. However, silk rugs are well worth the investment. Not only are they beautiful works of art that can be admired for generations to come but some of the most expensive rugs ever sold at public auction are silk.Some of the finest silk rugs can have more than 1,000 knots per square inch but these are extremely rare and most likely found in museums or private collections.