I do not really know where the term “Senneh”, “Senna”, or “Seneh” comes from. All I know is that Senneh rugs and kilims come from the Iranian Kurdistan, on north west of Iran and from the neighboring towns and villages of Sanandadj, which is the capital of Kurdistan province. Some scholars believe that Senneh was the name of Sanandadj hundreds of years ago. That maybe or may not be true, but whatever the truth is, Senneh kilims and flat weaves are the most delicate and finely woven kilims of Iran or maybe the world.
Some of these beautiful kilims and even Senneh rugs are made on silk foundation. This can be seen on very old and antique pieces and the rainbow silk warps are usually in seven colors and shades. Occasionally, we have the great pleasure of receiving these pieces for cleaning and restoration.
Here, I am posting pictures of an antique Senneh carpet and another antique very delicate tapestry type Senneh kilim which we cleaned and restored recently. Each piece belonged to a different customer. I enjoyed having them in my possession for a couple of weeks. The Senneh kilim was badly damaged on several spots on the background. The fringes at the ends were also falling apart. We did “overcastting” to secure the fringes and the ends. The Senneh rug was very dirty with moth and larvae in it. The fringes were damaged and lose. Both of our customers who had these treasures were very happy with our hand cleaning and cosmetic rug repair jobs.
Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)