24 December, 2017

Things to consider before you purchase an oriental rug

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Where to Start when you are considering purchasing an oriental rug?

Before you begin, take a little time to think about size and color; it will save you a lot of time and aggravation in the showroom. Draw a rough sketch of your room with the dimensions noted and furniture placed. If you’re shopping for a dining room rug, know the size of the table; you don’t want your chairs falling off the edge of the rug when you back up from the table. For stair runners, count the number of risers (each step has a riser and tread). Most new rugs come in sizes from 2 feet by 3 feet to 10 feet by 14 feet—although some come in larger sizes. Runners are typically 30 inches wide.

It depends on what you want: to buy a valuable Persian Rug that took at least 8 months (and up to years) to make it or a carpet just for covering that lacks the authenticity, durability, and charm of the real thing? Machine-made Persian carpets are not real Persian rugs; it takes minutes to make them and are a poor investment opportunity, considering that you won’t resell them after years and make much profit, unlike with handmade Persian rugs that only increase in value over time. So, you may pay less for a machine-made Persian carpet but you are actually making a poor investment that won’t bring you money in the long run (remember: Persian rugs are like good wine – they get more valuable after years!).

Conventional wisdom says that decorating a room should start with the Oriental rug. After all, there are infinite choices in fabrics and paints and a well-chosen Oriental rug will outlast most everything else in the room. Well and fine, and great advice if you are starting from scratch. More often than not, however, a rug is being chosen for an existing space with established color and style—so it’s very important to carry samples with you. Taking a photo of the rooms is also helpful. There are more colors and designs in Oriental rugs to choose from than ever before.
You need to learn how to recognize the difference, and a quick test will reveal whether a rug you are about to buy is handmade or not. Just turn the carpet upside down. Look at the back. Do you see the pattern clearly? It has to be as distinct as on the face. Also, note that the clearer the pattern on the back, the better the quality of the carpet. If it doesn’t, the rug is machine-made. If your rug passes this first test, bend it back on itself. This should be enough to allow you to see the base of the tufts and the roots of the pile. Do you see rows of knots? Then the rug is handmade!

If you have made a purchase online, you can still test the rug at home. Most retailers provide clients with 30 days (at least) money back guarantee (more on how to identify authentic handmade oriental rugs here!)

What to Look For
The price of an Oriental rug is based on:
1. Quality
2. Country of origin
3. Age
4. Condition
5. Decorative demand

Most people quite literally “get tied up in knots” judging the quality of Oriental rugs. Some experts count the knots on the oriental rug, however, there are more important things to judge a rug by. The weave should be fine enough to clearly express the motifs of the design. A bold geometric design may have less than 100 knots per square inch while a detailed floral pattern may require 300 or more. While tightness and regularity of weave are important, the quality of the wool determines the resilience and lasting patina of a rug. The quality and fastness of the dyes are also important.

Among modern rugs (those woven in the past few decades), one should look at the “personality” rather than “nationality” of the rug. Traditionally, Iran (Persia) was the source for the finest rugs—the benchmark against which all others were compared. However, the quality of rugs from India, Pakistan, China, Turkey, Tibet and Nepal has improved in the past 20 years to the extent that many Persian-design carpets from these countries are finer than the Iranian originals.
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