I am am at the very start of looking for rugs and wanted to know if there is something or such a thing as a fake rug?
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This is an interesting thought and certainly a somewhat of a broad topic.
While many of those in the Rug Industry would say there is such a thing as a "fake rugs," you may not be able to get the same answer from each. We'll show some examples we would consider "fake" at the end of this response, and some "authentic" rugs too. We also look forward to hearing what others in the industry have to say about this topic too, so check in with the comment field at the bottom of this entry!
Our position is the following: An "Authentic" rug to us would be one which is entirely made by hand, excluding "hand tufted" rugs. Without getting into detail on construction techniques of rugs and carpets, here are some Rugs we consider "real": Hand made soumac, hand knotted rugs/carpet, hand made needlepoint, "american" hand hooked, hand made dhurrie, hand made kilim, etc... "Fake Rugs" would be as follows: Hand tufted, machine anything...etc.
Some in the business would go so far as saying a hand knotted Indian made Persian design Rug is a "Fake". However, our position is that rugs are a very eclectic art. Many interpretations and adaptations have been incorporated into rugs for hundreds of years. Just because a weaver "replicates" a design seen in a "Museum Piece" such as one of the famous Ardebil Carpets (seen right and left: Ardebil from the V&A Museum) does not qualify it as a "fake" in our book. In these instances, we would venture to say: If it's hand knotted, it's authentic. Even if it's a reproduction or "interpretation" of such. Whether it's from India, Iran, pakistan, China or other. Perhaps the only "Faking" is if the seller tries to pass such rugs off as being the original, or uses other deceptive tactics to sell the rug. In these instances, a rug may be considered a "fake" by some.
Here's how to tell the difference between hand knotted, machine made and hand tufted carpets.
It's worthwhile dropping by the Rug Rag Forum for confirmation on pieces under consideration.
To stay away from semantics, here are some samples of what we would consider "fake" rugs:
Sure it's an "Oriental Rug" "inspired" design, but it's hand tufted. In our book, a fake, even if it is from Pottery Barn.
It's a Sisal Rug. Sure it's an "Authentic Sisal" Rug, but after all is said and done, this one's not "hand made." In other words, it's not quite "authentic" to us.
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