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How to Talk Like a Persian Rug Expert in 5 Simple Steps

June 8, 2008

So you're new to the rug scene. There are easy ways a seller knows how to read the buyer... Take a look at some of these insider tips so you know how to not come across as a green-horn. more

May 23rd, 2008 Tip of the Day: Polish your rug in home!

May 23, 2008

There are a lot of things you can do as an Oriental Rug owner to prolong the life and look of your carpet. While you can spend hundreds of dollars having your rug professionally cleaned, one of the easiest (and least expensive) ways to increase longevity of your Oriental Rug and make it look better is to... more

How to Identify a Curved Runner

April 14, 2008

In the case of a heavily curved runner (a strong bow in the middle) for example, it is not unusual for less reputable sellers to not only omit a written description, but also attempt to hide such physical characteristic of a rug. The reason for doing so has a great deal to do with the intensity of the process to fix such a bowed shape: It is time consuming, expensive, and not always guarentteed. From the standpoint of the seller, it is better to sell a rug as-is for at a lower price point rather than opt for a procedure which may or may not work. Conversely, from the consumer's perspective, what good is a "boomerang runner" in your hallway? When two corners of the runner are kissing one wall, and the center of the rug is crawling up the opposite wall, there's no real utility. more

How to Choose an Oriental Rug

April 14, 2008

Steve Boodakian of This Old House recently wrote an article on how to choose an Oriental Rug. There are some excellent points within this article which are worth mentioning, and some points we'd like to elaborate on! Mr. Boodakian mentions it's a good idea to consider drawing a rough sketch of the room. While this certainly may be productive, it's not the only way to get a feel for the space. We recommend another alternative is to take a look at some standard rug sizes, then apply them to the actual space under consideration. Take an old newspaper, spread it out, and masking tape it together into the size of your ideal rug, so you may actually gauge it's size on your floor, in proper proportion to the other fixtures in the room.

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Everything you Need to Know About Hand Tufted Rugs and Carpets

April 1, 2008

A buyers guide to hand tufted rugs. Interesting information and important points to consider prior to you purchase! more


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Specializing in: Rugs | Area Rugs | Antique Rugs | Oriental Rugs | Appraisals is a blog with industry insider perspective geared toward educating consumers on how to make informed purchasing decisions for rugs of any kind: Area rugs, antique rugs, Oriental rugs, machine made and Persian rugs. We address carpet markets the United States and International.

Our primary focus for education includes area rugs, antique rugs, Oriental rugs and Persian rugs of all types. More detailed entries encompass evaluation of antique rugs, area rugs, chainstitch, dhurrie, flatweave, hand knotted, hand tufted, needlepoint and Oriental rugs of all ages and sizes. We also have helpful buyers guides for new rugs, antique rugs, including mansion size, palace size, and all oversized pieces, including evaluation of the most expensive rugs ever sold, auction watch and many more.

Our Rug Appraisals focus on the values of antique rugs, semi antique rugs, and new rugs including modern contemporary and traditional. Online appraisals may not be honored for replacement value in insurance situations, in which case we may refer our clients to local reputable rug appraisers for appraisal, or travel to you ourselves. We cover the Northeast United States and New England with in-person appraisals when needed, with a focus on the Tri-state area of CT (Fairfield, New Have, & Hartford), NJ (Bergen, Hudson, Sussex, Passaic, Essex, Union and Morris), NY and NYC (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Long Island, and Staten Island) as well as Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties.

The Rug Rag appraisal approach for antique rugs and appraisals of antique rugs may encompass International markets. Newer rug appraisals are primarily geared toward the US Market. States for which we have provided Rug Appraisals to, or provided in person referrals for new and Antique Rugs include: AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OK, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY, and counties within.

Our most popular rug appraisals include antique rugs such as Arak, Bakshaish, Bidjar, Caucasian, Ferahan, Hadji Jalil, Heriz, Isfahan, Kashan, Kazak, Kerman, Kermani, Kermanshah, Laver Kerman, Mohtashem Kashan, Nichols, Oushak, Sarouk, Serapi, Sultanabad, Yazd and many more. Newer rug Appraisals we commonly address are American Sarouk, Arak, Ardebil, Ardekan, Bokhara, Chinese 90 line, Chobi, Gabbeh, Isfahan, Jaipur, Karastan, Kashmir, Kashmir silk, Kilim, Mashad, Nain, Heriz, Nichols art deco, Pakistan Caucasian, Peshawar, Qum, Sarouk, Tabriz and many more.


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