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Is it an Authentic Rug?


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I recently saw a used rug up for bid on a Good Will site.  Can you please authenticate this rug, and also what would be the "retail price" for this piece.



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Background info:  We were unable to use the actual photographs of this rug seen on the Good Will site because of Copyright.



Thanks so much for contacting, it's important to have rugs "authenticated" and you have an excellent question to address regarding the "retail value."

Basically, Rug Rag verifications are for hand knotted oriental rugs.  So unfortunately, this rug is a machine made carpet and we are unable to authenticate it for you. 

Now, although it is a machine made rug, that does not necessarily mean it has no value.  Something like this is well worth the $$ sold for at around $200 in a 9x12 if it has no odor or serious staining or other problem.  The rug appears to even be wool, which is a big plus.   That is good for value in some ways, however, do bear in mind there is very little resale value for used machine made rugs in general. 

Perhaps not the greatest comparison (looking for some trouble here...), but from my experience, purchasing a used machine made carpet should be set into proportion of other comparable floorcoverings.  For example, if you were to purchase a wool berber area rug (wall-to-wall into a cut piece), you're looking at around $5-7 on average per square foot.  Now, of course the design is not going to be comparable, and they're much easier to make, but setting this into proportion of a used machine made wool rug in good condition, you're still looking at in or around $500-700 (+ cost of binding and tax) for a new wool floorcovering in a 9'x12' size.  If you're looking at a synthetic fiber berber, you're looking at around $1.50 to 2.50 for the average quality.  Again, new rug in and around the $150 - 250 (+ cost of binding and tax) in a 9' x 12' size. I hope you see where I'm getting at here.  There's no real way to compare a used machine made rug to a new machine made rug which would have an MSRP or other "Retail Price", so I think the next best comparison would be the wall-to-wall category.

Instances where there are significant resale values are usually with the higher end karastan, and a few collectible Wilton and other types.  Often these rugs have some age under their belts, but to answer your question, for a moderately used machine made rug, in 98% of instances, there is going to be no real way to determine a "retail value" only because chances are a rug like this would not ever be traded in or otherwise on display in a formal Retail Rug showroom.  That's not to say you cannot sell this rug locally for several dollars more than what has been paid....

Let me know if any of this is unclear, happy to help out :)


-Rug Rag


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