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Frequently Asked Questions


Can I Have Colors in my Rug Changed?

December 18, 2007

“Yes you can have your carpet professionally dyed, however, we recommend reading our Painted rugs entry first. If you are interested in dyeing either your hand knotted carpet …” more

What is the Difference Between an Oriental Rug and an Oriental Carpet?

December 11, 2007

“The words "rug" and "carpet" are commonly used interchangeably.  Typically in the industry, an "Oriental Rug" refers to smaller pieces measur …” more

Our Rug Smells!

December 10, 2007

It is not unusual for a new carpet to have a slight odor for the first several days. Remember, you are bringing a large item made of organic matter into your home, perhaps into a small room with little ventilation. Carpets are sometimes treated with a moth repellent to prevent infestation, particularly if they have been in storage or in a showroom location. more

What are the Light and Dark Sides of an Oriental Rug?

December 7, 2007

One of the more unusual and unexpected elements of Oriental Rugs is the different appearance from one side to the other. These are commonly known as the light and dark sides of the carpet which is mainly due in part to the direction of the pile. Take a look here for an explanation of such perception and some great photographs as well. more

Is Hand Spun Wool any Better than Other?

December 6, 2007

“Hand spun Wool There are two main ways of spinning wool into a usable fiber for Oriental Rugs.  One can spin it by hand; which usually uses very simple spinning wheel/spindle …” 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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