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Purchasing Decisions


Uneven Cut Pile

March 24, 2010

With few exceptions (such as rugs intentionally treated with shearing practices and chemicals for aesthetics to 'antique' them), instances of hard scoring or strong lines and unevenly cut pile can affect value. more

The Cosby Show! Inside the Huxtable Home: Oriental Rugs and Carpets

August 12, 2008

The mid 1980's "Cosby Show" brought a lot of laughs to a big audience. What rugs are inside the Huxtable home on their floor? Rug Rag takes a look into the interior at 4 of the rugs as seen in the vestibule, living room, and stair landing. more

How to tell a "good" Oriental Rug From a "Bad" One

December 12, 2007

Even for the hobbyist, it's difficult to understand how to tell a good quality rug from a poor quality one. We've assembled a quick check list for the novice: how to assess and differentiate a good quality rug from a bad one. Take a look at some of these tips on how you may make a more informed purchasing decision of both new and old Oriental Rugs and Carpets. more

Questions Check-List: What to ask and consider BEFORE you purchase

October 19, 2007

Whether online auction or a local purchase at your dealer, you need to train your eye! Be able to tell the difference between hand knotted and machine made rugs. Although a rug may appear to be priced well, there may be underlying problems such as hard and isolated wear. This can severely depreciate the value of the rug, especially if it has been markered or painted! more

Rug Pads

October 14, 2007

The Buyer's Guide to Rug Pads. Understand the different types of pads, and how they best suit your specific application. Make an informed purchase! 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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