Oriental Rugs Glossary “Q”

Qali(Persian): Any rug larger than 180 x 280 cm (6 x 9 ft.) “

Qashqai: A confederacy of tribes living in southwestern Iran and known for high quality antique tribal rugs. These sought after rugs have wool foundation dyed in red, piled with asymmetrical knots and having knot counts of around 70-170 knots per square ” Most popular design includes a hexagon medallion with four hooks surrounded by hundreds of small geometric and animals motifs throughout the field. Frequently, rugs will have a colorful barber pole used as a selvage.

Qazvin: A city in northern Iran which was the capital city during the reign of the Safavid empire in the 16th century. Qazvin rugs, is actually a term used in America for fine double wefted Hamadan rugs with a designs similar to Sarouks. Foundation is cotton and knot count is between 130-200 knots per square “

Quchan: A city of northern Khorassan (northeastern Iran) which is inhabited by Kurds. Rugs produced here are made entirely from wool and use the symmetrical knots.

Qultog: A town in northwest Iran known for small Kurdish rugs having a medallion surrounded with small geometric and animal figures throughout the field. Foundation is cotton and rugs are double wefted.

Qum: Religious capital of Iran and produces modern rugs. A city of northwest central Iran which in famous for very finely knotted silk rugs. Production began in the 1930’s and most popular designs include floral medallions, all over designs, trees of life, botehs and compartment designs. Many silk rugs were woven and average knot count is over 300 asymmetrical knots per square “

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