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Frequently Asked Questions


What are the Different Types of Rugs?

November 19, 2007

“Oriental Rug - Hand knotted, soumac, kilim Tufted  - Hand tufted, hooked Flatweaves - Needlepoint, Aubusson, Chainstitch, Dhurries, Rag Rugs, Machine Made …” more

Can I Whiten my Rug's Fringe? Losing Fringe!

November 18, 2007

A common technique post washing an Oriental Rug is to whiten the fringe to accentuate the new cleaner look of the rug. However, this practice does have it's downsides. Take a look here on how to check for a rug which has been subject to too harsh a whitening method, and what to specifically request when having your rug professionally washed. more

How do I Trim, Shorten or Eliminate Fringe?

November 16, 2007

So you want to give your rug a haircut... Before doing so, make sure your rug is a good candidate by giving it the "Tug Test." The following procedure involves covering your fringe with tape, which may cause premature release of tassels in poor condition. If you pass the tug test, go ahead and proceed. more

How can I Store, Ship, Fold and/or Wrap my Rug?

November 16, 2007

Considering storing or shipping your rug and/or carpet? Take a look here for tips and rolling techniques. more

We're Thinking of Selling Our Rug, What Should We do?

November 14, 2007

When the time comes to selling your rug, you want to get top dollar. While information such as a Certified Appraisal may help reinforce an asking price, here are some tips to make the rug look as good in person as it does on paper! 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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