Ghom: (also spelled Qum, Ghum, Qom, etc.) Ghom silk rugs, other than being silk on silk, are some of the most elusive rugs to pin to any specific type of design. Some of the most distinguishing elements to these rugs are their high investment value, very thin pile height, and high knot count, often between 400-860 KPSI (sometimes exceeding the latter for some very exceptional qualities). To handle, high quality Ghom silks are fairly dense considering how thin the construction seems. When lifted, Ghom silks will often drape over the hand, and are very malleable, able to be folded up neatly and compact Perhaps one of the more common themes with Ghom silk rugs is the double ply silk fringe/foundation and use of signatures located in the center of the guard border very close to the fringe outside of the border. The surging on either side of Ghom silks is often extremely delicately sewn often with a single ply silk carefully stitched along the either edge. Other construction characteristics include knots starting the fringe as very small and tightly butted up against the end of the rug where the pile ends. General colors are often jewel toned, as well as being very rich and deep. Perhaps a reason to why these rugs are so difficult to pin a design to may have to do with the fairly recent creation of such weavings. Most silk on silk Ghom rugs found will have been produced post 1940. However, one thing is certain, while Ghom rugs are made in varying qualities designs and colors, they are among some of the finer rugs being produced today. Proof of this can be seen in how many other rug producing countries have attempted to copy such weavings in recent years.
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Kuba: Kuba Rugs were considered the best rugs of the Caucasus when they were originally produced. The 5 Lezgi tribes primarily populated Kuba and the rugs appear to have been made by Lezgi (largest of the Lezgi Ethno-Linguistic group) and Tabassaran weavers. The Lezgi/Tabassaran weave is a denser than most Caucasian rugs, symmetrically knotted, ribbed back and tends towards blue selvages. It has been suggested to me that Lezgi sub-group of Lezgi run a supplementary weft several inch into the field at irregular intervals. Kuba rugs come in many qualities, but non-are sub-standard. Patterns can repeat themes from neighboring Perpedil, Konagkend, and Seichur, but a Kuba usually has a border with a variant of the "Running Dog", stars, carnations, and/or flowers. The field is usually a dark indigo. Warps are light or light brown, wefts are double and light, selvages double and light.
Veramin: These Oriental rugs are made in and around southeast of Tehran, Iran. The Veramin style is perhaps more commonly known for the use of repeated, sometimes diagonally oriented pattern, often referred to as “Mina Khani”. Mina Khani designs feature a highly stylized floral arrangement circularly connected. Colors used in floral arrangements render the final field, creating a lattice look. Colors in these rugs have a diverse range of blue, orange, ivory and sometimes green.
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