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Frequently Asked Questions


Will These Creases Ever Come out? How to make your new rug lay flat

October 20, 2007

How do you get your Oriental Rug to lay flat? Here are four easy steps on how you can get rid of the creases in your rug quickly and easily. more

Why are the Edges of my Carpet Curled?

October 20, 2007

Take a look at typical examples of curled edges. Some rugs from certain vintages seem to be more inclined to develop, or simply have, hard rolled edges or curling. See what this may look like! more

What are These Horizontal Lines in my Carpet?

October 20, 2007

“Missing Weft A missing weft is interesting to note but usually has no significant effect on the value or the beauty of the rug. Although a finished piece may be v …” more

What are the Thick Straps on the Back of my Rug?

October 20, 2007

These vinyl or leather straps are loosely stitched onto the reverse side of the rug to prevent curling edges. Curling edges most often occurs when the rug is hanging in a showroom as the natural tendency for a rug under it's own weight is to curl at the bottom. These straps may also be stitched on to fix another form of curling edge resulting from too much internal tension of the rug. Take a look for photographs! more

What Products Can I Use to Protect my Rug From Stains?

October 19, 2007

“We do not recommend any one single product for use in removing stains or odors.  It is important to remember, prior to administering of product, to test your rug for color fastness.  Be …” 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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