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Question received the week of Monday, the 14th of July
Hello again Rug Rag!
I am so, so thankful to you for your help!!! If you would not mind I'd like to ask you a few more questions regarding
the rug: Why is the fringe so short on my rug (it looks like it has been
trimmed)? Would you recommend any other type of washing rather than a luster
wash you mentioned (the rug seems a bit dirty to me)?
I feel so good now that I have not been "ripped off" and that I got a
nice rug as previously submitted. Over a year ago before relocating,
I bought an Indian rug of indo-Persian design from a local Ottawa rug dealer for approximately $585. A
friend of mine who used to be a diplomat in India strongly believes that the
seller took an advantage of me and that the "indo-Persian" design
doesn't exist. There were so many scummy rug dealers lately in Ottawa
that I won't be surprised to know that I have been ripped off. That's why I
decided to try the Internet dealer from the US.
I know that I am asking for too much but I would highly, highly appreciate it
if you would agree to take a look at my Indian rug to let me know if it is at
least a hand knotted rug and what its real price is.
Regarding my Indian rug (according to my friend it has been made in China.)
Size 5"4 x 7'9”
kpsi I don't know: I believe about 81
Again, thank you for your help!
The only other type of wash you could give to a rug would be a shampoo wash or
tea wash. If the rug is dirty, take it
to your local professional to have it cleaned with a submersion/shampoo wash.
Great photographs of this more recent rug. From
what I see, this is 100% Indian made, hand knotted fringe-to-fringe. The
reason I can tell this is due in part by both the construction of the woven kilim
at just before the fringe starts, the way the design translates to the front of
the rug, and the knot arrangements on the reverse side. In my
experience, there is no question this is an Indian made rug (e.g. absolutely
not from China).
I'm not sure on the present condition, or what condition you may have purchased
the rug in. Small factors such as blooming of the pile
(scroll down to side-by-side comparison) can have somewhat of an impact on value.
Although it could very well be unused, this rug shows a look typical to those
of which were woven in the mid 1980s. The age does not have a significant
impact, only because the colors do not deter from the look of this rug.
Some rugs, for example from the 1950's - 70's have very "era
specific" colors, although this rug does not which is good.
This design still holds strong, but is not as popular as it once
was. It is known as a "mir" design of which each individual
design in the field is known as a "bohteh."
The knot count is fairly good, although not exceptional, is certainly
very acceptable. This is probably a knot density best known as an Indian
10.5/48. The investment of $580 I would say is what on would consider
every bit of a "fair market value" adjusted for location, however in
city areas here in the US, one could say this would be considered somewhat
below "fair market value".
All else being equal, and assuming the rug appears to be in as new condition, I
can honestly tell you we know of sellers who would have sold
(and did sell) similar quality and designed rugs at retail for
$650-850 (unused, recently). Keep in mind, these are prices in
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