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Q&A: Iranian Qom Hanging Question


Iranian Qom

I was considering hanging a rug I recently purchased in Iraq. I bought it from a shop on a FOB. The seller claimed it to be Iranian Qom silk rug. If I hang it I am going to use your suggestion of sewing a long cloth sleeve on the back of the rug. I cannot do it myself and will be going to a sew shop nearby. My questions are: Will a machine sewed on sleeve damage my rug? Will you be able the see the threads from the sewn on sleeve from the front of the rug? Is the removal of the sleeve a simple process?

Thanks in advance for your response.





Thanks for writing in.
Does appear to be a silk Qum rug and a good looking one at that.  Has a signature in the minor guard border at the top (on the right of the photo).  Doesn't necessarily affect value, but is a nice feature.
Sleeves should be hand sewn, and hand sewn only. 
We are unaware of any machines which have the capacity to do so for a hand knotted rug such as yours. However, what we can say with most certainty is the use of a machine would not be advisable for aesthetics (thread may show on the front), removal, and most importantly: a high potential for damaging the rug. 
We would strongly recommend anywhere you take the rug for such work to ask for examples of what the final result will look like.  Make sure no adhesive will be used, and all alterations will be completely reversible. 
Simple, hand stitched sleeves will have approximately 3 points per inch, making removal (if desired) very simple and unobtrusive.  Properly done, you will not see any signs of alteration on the face of a carpet.  Any reputable shop who has previously performed such work will have some representation of their skill.
All the best and thanks for writing in!

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