One of the best ways to decipher a quality rug is to be among many of them. However, a great tool to further your understanding of a quality rug by trying our interactive Rug Estimator Pro! Here you will find that quality is not necessarily a function of weave, but many factors contribute to the uniqueness of a rug including color count, types of dyes and more than anything, condition.
Despite what a Dealer may tell you, there is no one "best" type of rug. Some may tell you the best rugs are made in Iran... Although many masterpieces and museum renown rugs have been woven in Iran, there are countless other priceless rugs from different parts of the world. While many antique rugs may be "exempt" from the list below, generally speaking, the list below helps identify what makes an oriental rug "Good" for consumer purposes.
Healthy wool - Soft fine wool which is not "dry" "coarse" or "stale" to the touch
No significant shedding
All repairs done professionally and thoroughly with no structural damage
Even weave with consistent gauge knots
Evenly sheared and/or even pile height
No odors, permanent stains or other
Symmetrical designs and square corners where intended
Heavy color run, sun fade, oxidation
Poor and patchy repairs
Uneven weaving techniques (lazy lines, lazy stitching)
Varying pile height - uneven shearing and or wear
Hard curled edges
Foundation showing in areas
Markered / chalked rugs
Dry Rot and water damage
markered pile to disguise wear
large areas of foundation exposed
For more Information, see our Questions Checklist - what to consider before you purchase.