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I Have Padding but my Rug Still Shifts Around!

November 14, 2007

Take a time out time find out if it's the pad or the rug that is shifting. Watch the carpet over a period of time, and see what happens with it. Does just the pad move? Does just the rug move? Do both the pad and the carpet move? more

Help, My Carpet has 'Pulls'! Surfacing "Threads" in an Oriental Carpet

November 4, 2007

“Oriental Rugs with a hard twist or hand spun wool sometimes develop pulls originating from wool which has avoided initial shearing.  The wool avoids shearing partly due to its curly …” more

Why Does my Rug Shed so Much?

November 4, 2007

Due to the organic nature of your carpet's pile, it is not unusual for shedding to occur. The yarn of an Oriental Carpet's pile is comprised of dozens or more individual fibers which are wrapped together to make a single or more ply of yarn. These individual fibers vary in both thickness and length. more

How Can I Tell if my Carpet has Been Markered?

October 22, 2007

Markering Threadbare rugs and carpets can be a deceptive practice. The main thing to consider is why the rug was touched up. Often, the proper repairs were never warranted to begin with! more

What do Moth Eggs Look Like?

October 21, 2007

Take a look and see what Moth eggs and Cocoons look like! Often the eggs are a lighter whitish sometimes grey color. If they've eaten certain color wool, the eggs may take on a tint from the dyes. 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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