Persian Tiles


One Size – Width 63cm. Length (ex. fringes) 142cm.

This pack contains all the Alice Starmore® Hebridean 2 Ply yarn required for Persian Tiles Wrap, plus an amendment with instructions to be worked in conjunction with those given in A Collector’s ItemYou will require a copy of A COLLECTOR’S ITEM for the pattern instructions, the book A Collector’s Item is available for purchase here.

This design is available in any two colours of Hebridean 2 Ply, it is shown here in a background colour of Sea Anemone and pattern of Corncrake, and in the last detail image in background of Calluna with pattern of Red Deer.

Click here for a digital shadecard of all Hebridean 2 Ply colours.


My attention was caught by some star and cross tiles that were made in Kashan in the 13th century, probably for a saint’s tomb: the Imamzadeh Yahya, which is located at Veramin in what is now Iran. The tiles are now scattered in museums across the globe, while the tomb itself is left bare. Some of them are dated and the original religious use is confirmed by quotations from the Koran which are etched around their edges. The decorative technique used is fine lustre painting, which involved an initial glaze and a first firing, after which a design was painted on using a paint based on silver and copper oxides. Firing would reduce the oxides to a sheen of metal left behind on the glaze. I have used a delicate stylised pattern, the result is an elegant stole which captures the quiet serenity of the tiles.



Some of the designs from A Collector's Item which are available as yarn packs in Hebridean 2 Ply, 3 Ply, Bainin and Scottish Fleet.