Here is one to look at. The shop owner says it is
a wool silk mix, and that is it from Iran. It is a 3x5.6, and he wants
$2950. Can you tell me how many knots, whether this is hand or machine (there is no tag), and natural or chemical dye, any more info?
Response: Hello, and thanks for the email.
This is a nice looking
hand knotted carpet which is from Iran. Design is called Bidjar. In
all likelihood, the dyes are chemical. I cannot determine whether or
not it is silk, however, the white accents in the border appear to have
silk-like appearance in addition to others.
This rug is probably no older than 15 years old, and may show very
light use as detail photograph of the pile height seems to show slight
blooming. If you decide to go with this rug, look for color run, and
the possibility of the "silk" being artificial. We counted kpsi to be
15x17, which equates to 255. When counting, note this is a two ply
yarn with exception to the "silk" which appears to be single wrap.
I cannot pass judgment on the price, as we cannot tell the
condition of the rug from the photos. However, if this were a new rug
in perfect condition I would describe the price as a "retail market
price." At this price, you may consider negotiating with the seller.
Here is some reading on our website... Don't worry, we won't quiz you afterwards :)
Burn test for silk
Hand knotted vs. other
Blooming (scroll down to new vs. old)
Thanks again for the inquiry,
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