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On "Bargaining" for Oriental Rugs

March 7, 2008

After finding that perfect rug online, locally or other, the thought sometimes crosses the consumer's mind: "should I bargain?". While it really depends from seller to seller, there actually is an etiquette to when and where to negotiate for rugs. So how and when does the customer know when to bargain? Here are some general guidelines for what to expect, and what not to expect: more

Knot Count, Raj, Line, India and Pakistan Quality Chart

March 5, 2008

For rough calculations and a knot density chart. more

HELP, We Soiled our Rug!?! Spot Cleaning your Carpet- From A to Pee

February 1, 2008

“This Stain Removal Guide applies only to wool pile, hand knotted carpets.  For silk rugs, and rugs other than wool, seek professional help. All you have to do is select any type of …” more

New to Oriental Rugs?

January 27, 2008

One of the worst rug burns online are the "No Reserve" auctions. Many of these sellers use misleading information on age, style, condition, and in some cases even marker the rugs with permanent markers, rug paint and even chalk to avoid costly repairs covering up heavily worn areas. more

How Can I Tell the Value and Worth of my Oriental Rug?

December 19, 2007

“Use the Automated Rug Estimator Pro for free and quick reference.  This is the industry's first and only automated rug appraisal tool.  And it's free to use!  This …” 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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