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How to Identify Indian Oriental Rugs and Carpets

This post is not all inclusive on how to identify an Indian weaving, however encompasses many elements to consider when evaluating where your rug was made.  We have compiled several main indicators which we believe to be useful for many common, commercially available rugs to use in assessing the country of origin, more specifically in this entry, Indian weavings.*

The four main indicators which we use to demonstrate how to identify whether your rug is an Indian weaving CLICK ON EACH IMAGE TO SEE EXAMPLES AND ASSESSMENT:

  

Fringe, kilim (kelim), fringe knots, and cotton warps: 

 

Edging, binding, sides, surging, etc.: 

Indian Rug Surging

 

Knot density, KPSI (knots per square inch), knot arrangement, (and in some, weft assessment):

Indian Rug knot Count

 

Corner shot, design execution & translation of weaving to the face of the rug:

Indian Rug Designs

 

ALSO SEE:

 

Silk Ghom Vs. Silk Kashmir

 

 

Silk Kashmir rug Vs. Silk Qum rug: "Persian" and "Indian" head-to-head Identification

 

 

 

 

*Understanding the country of origin for carpets is a complex matter, which is sometimes difficult even for a seasoned professional to assess in person.  There are almost infinate looks to construction of rugs which appear almost identical from country to country, and many styles which have not been incorporated into this guide.  This assessment may generalize types of commercially available rugs, specific to a certain vintages or eras.

 

 

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