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

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. 

The Good

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

Lays flat


The Bad

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

Permanent creases

Hard curled edges

Foundation showing in areas

Markered / chalked rugs


The Ugly

Pet stains

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.


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