A special note regarding condition for the Rug Estimator Pro:
It is imporant when assessing the items physical state that you remain conservative and objective. What the appraisal tool considers a rug in "fair" condition to be, a novice may consider "excellent" condition. Using the guidance below you will be able to make an accurate claim as to what condition the item is in.
There are several factors to remember when assessing your carpets condition: Any carpet with significant damage including but not limited to mold, mildew, dry rot, pet stains or any other odor / obvious stain is automatically considered to be in "fair" to "very poor" condition. Age should not be a factor when assessing the condition of your carpet. That is to say, condition is to be evaluated given the below criteria; even if the rug does look to be in "excellent condition for its age." A rug which has been worn down to the foundation in any area even in the smallest bit, should automatically be placed in the "good" (at absolute best with only one small area) to "very poor" categories.
Regarding touched up rugs: If the rug has been significantly markered to cover up wear without proper repairs, it should automatically be considered as being in "fair" to "very poor" condition, exceptions for "good" and "fair" condition category may exist if the markering has been used very little, or is reversible. Generally speaking, markered rug is not an acceptable way of revitalizing or prolonging the life of your rug. Conversely, there are older rugs which have been dyed post-weaving to appeal more to American/western markets, i.e. older Sarouks. In this case, should the rug be absolutely new in all aspects, you may claim the rug to be in "excellent" condition and noted as a "dyed sarouk" in the painted/markered category. The difference between dyed rugs and markered rugs: One intention is to paint the rug to cover heavy wear an postpone necessary repairs, the other is to augment an otherwise perfect carpet.
Please also note, evenly distributed abrash will not affect the condition of your carpet. However, abrash which is one color on half the rug, and another on the other half should be noted in the sun fade/abrash category "hard and isolated".
Excellent - Carpet is in "like new" condition with full pile, no signs of wear, perfect untattered fringe, no moth damage, no stain, no odor no dry rot. A rug in excellent condition, both new and old, could literally pass for being "recently cut from the loom". At worst, a rug in excellent condition may have been stored for a significant period of time needing a steaming or having residue from moth flakes. Overall, a rug in excellent condition is for the most part immaculate & in mint condition as it were from the weaver.
Good - Carpet is very presentable and could pass for a "new old stock" status with no [unrepaired] moth damage, serious stains, odor and no dry rot. Generally, a rug in good condition may show slightly tattered fringe, but still holds a great deal of detail in the pile. When inspecting a rug in good condition on your hands and knees, you may notice minor issues such as a small pull here or there, maybe even slight signs of traffic or use. You may find one very small area exposing foundation, however this should not be rampant in a carpet of "good condition". A semi-antique rug (50 years +) may be oxidized or sun faded, and still be considered as "good condition." A newer rug with this issue should automatically be placed in the "good" or lesser condition category with appropriate congruence of both condition and sun fade selection. A rug 76+ years old may still be in good condition if it the first guard border is intact. In very unique instances, antique rugs with very even wear can be in "good condition" if the pile is very low or down to the knot heads with no significant repairs, color run, shortening, or significant painting. A rug with a matted pile may also be considered as being in good condition.
Fair - A carpet in fair condition is showing signs of age and moderate use with no serious odor, pet stains, or dry rot. Still presentable from a 15 ft., however, closer inspection reveals the rug is tattered. There is probably a significant difference of detail from front to back as the pile may have significantly varying pile height. Generally, a rug in fair condition is whole, and intact. There may be slight wear on the edge or sides of the rug. Pile wear may show slight foundation. A rug which has been significantly shortened or heavily patched may still be condsidered as fair condition if work has been professionally done and the rug has no other substantial strikes against it (i.e. no moth damage, no serious repairs, color run, sun fade, etc.)
Poor - A rug in poor condition hints to its original beauty but may not be fully intact. Overall a rug in poor condition has some serviceable life left, however may have serious underlying issues such as significant dry rot, mold, mildew, pet stains, serious moth damage, bad wear/threadbare, patches and or odor. If the rug's foundation is exposed in one or more areas, it is showing heavy and hard use and should be classified as being in "poor" condition. The carpet may have been reduced in length or width to hide worn edges and ends. These rugs may be marker[ed] in select areas where there is heavy wear poor attempt to disguise wear. Carpet may be in a fragile state and have medium to large size stains. The rug may have several cuts, missing its side binding or seriously frayed at one or both edges. Usually no more than 15% of foundation shows, including those areas of which may have been markered/dyed. A rug in poor condition is on the verge of being retired.
Very Poor - The rug has little to no use left as a whole piece. The rug may have 25%+ of foundation showing, several large and obvious stains. A rug in very poor condition may be better off as a fragment piece or carpet sample. The rug probably has exceeded its useful life as a whole piece.
The indo Aubusson rug shown below had been altered due to damage. This rug, perfect in ever other aspect (full pile, never used, no color run, etc.) at best is in "fair" condition with additional notes from the repair category of "0-3% obvious". Although more easily seen in person, it is still apparent that this rug has in fact been cut down from it's original size approximately 18" all the way around by looking at both how the pattern falls, and how the edges are finished. Note that there is no fringe, and the pattern stops abruptly.
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