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Frequently Asked Questions


Speak Softly and Carry a Big Marker

November 11, 2009

An old rule of thumb for purchasing an Oriental Rug is to look at the reverse side: Is the back of the rug as crisp and clear as the front? more

What is this Cloth Tag Stapled on the Back of my Oriental Rug?

August 25, 2008

It's not uncommon for a new or old rug to have few if any forms of ID affixed to the reverse side. However, on select older rugs, there are instances where a very loose form of ID is available: a small cloth about 1.5" x 2" stapled close to one corner of the reverse side of the carpet. It often has two letters in caps, followed by a sequence of numbers (often 4). What is this cloth? What are these numbers? We explore it in this article. more

What is KPSI? It's not always the Knot that Counts!

June 26, 2008

KPSI is one of many indicators which Oriental Rug Specialists rely on when evaluating rugs. However, it is not the end-all-be-all when deciding quality! Learn more about this one facet of Persian and Oriental Rugs more

Can We Use an Oriental Rug Upside Down?

March 28, 2008

It depends on the carpet. A rug with a pile height of 1/4" will rarely serve well inverted on your floor. However, there are such flat-woven rugs such as soumac weaves, which may in fact be used as reversible rugs. On the face of a soumac rug, you will find almost a crochet appearance of weave. On the reverse of the rug, the technique appears almost identical to that of a standard Oriental Rug: almost no distinguishable difference. more

Standard Size Oriental Area Rug and Carpet Chart. Know Before you Go!

March 10, 2008

Oriental Rugs come in many shapes and sizes. It's tough as a consumer to go into your local Oriental Rug showroom without really knowing what are the standard sizes available. We've compiled both some common and not so common area rug sizes and shapes so you can prepare for your search with greater ease. While there are certainly many sizes inbetween, this chart should serve as an excellent starting point! 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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