A gentleman contacted me by e-mail and said he had a silk rug and needed some information on this rug. Below, you can read what I wrote to him and what he wrote back.
"The foundation and pile of this rug is natural silk. The inscription reads "Qum, Naami". Qum is the name of a city in Iran very famous for fine silk rugs. The history of rug making in Qum does not go over a century. Naami is the name of the weaver. It is worth between $3,500 to $4,000. Its value will appreciate by the passage of time if you keep this rug.
I don't know how to thank you for your kind gesture. That was very very generous of you to help me with this.
It seems like I should keep it, based on your email, being that it will appreciate.
You seem to be a man of great knowledge in this industry.
Again my deepest thanks go out to you.
I did what I am supposed to do.
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)