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Pictured below is the carpet under appraisal review for purposes of the First Ever Oriental Rug Estimator Pro.

Persian Sarouk in good condition with red field and floral design 

Overall, this rug is in good used condition with symmetrical design and shape.  The carpet is not showing signs of sun-fade, nor has it been treated with a tea-wash or other wash.  

Note the inventory tag attached to the rug (figure 2).  Although not integral to the appraisal process, it gives general assistance in verifying information.  Yellow highlighted fields are those most relevant to the appraisal process.  All other information will come from your own assessment of the rug. 

Rug Dealer Tag 

Wool Pile and Cotton foundation rug 

To effectively use the rug estimator pro, count the knots (kpsi) with a standard US quarter.  Although it measures just under 1" in diameter, it is the most easiest most convenient way to count knots uniformly.  Note figure 3 which counts on the left side and beneath the quarter.  knot count is best taken from three areas of the reverse side of the rug, and then averaged.  This particular rug shows 10 knots vertical by 10 knots horizontal in three different areas.  The knot count average is 100 overall.

Counting KPSI for rugs and carpets 

yarn ply should be assessed in several sections of the rug .  You may find inconsistencies within yarn ply depending on the color of yarn.  In using the rug estimator Pro, select the yarn ply which is used most often throughout the rug. For this particular rug, we found 1 and 2 Ply throughout.  However 80% was in fact 2 Ply as seen below, which should be inputted into the Rug Estimator Pro as "2 Ply".

Yarn Ply for Oriental Rugs: how to determine 

The rug (figure 5) shows a slight color run under close inspection.  The color run probably occurred during a washing, where excess dyes released from the red yarn, and bled into the lighter ivory.  As you can see by the parted pile in the two photographs below, the ivory is showing slightly pink towards the base of the yarn.  For purposes of the Rug Estimator, note this as a "subtle and allover" color run, as one would not notice it from a distance, and the color run is consistent throughout the rug.

"Grinning" the pile of an old Sarouk Persian Rug

This rug (figure 7) has one minor repair close to the upper left corner.  Assess the quality of repair by looking at the front.  The front view is key to the evaluation on the rug.  Although not an excellent repair. This rug was rewoven rather than being "patched".  Reweaving is the preferred repair method.  When we look at the front of the rug...

Re-woven area / repair to corner of Sarouk

the repair translates fairly well.  Figure 8 shows a slight discrepancy between the use of colors in the repair and the original colors.  However, this is only discernible under very close inspection.  For purposes of the Rug Estimator Pro, select "0-4% subtle" in the repair section.

Looking at the front side of a rug where Repairs were made 

Note in the image above the slight wear at the edge of the rug.  This is the only area of the rug which displays a slight bit of "knot heads."  Given this wear is nominal (less than one square inch affected), in cases as minor as this, no mention is necessary for the Rug Estimator Pro.  

Figure 9 confirms the rug's pile is showing signs of "blooming" from use. The pile height is even across the rug.  However, the design is not as sharp as it was when originally made.  For purposes of the Rug Estimator tool in the pile height selection, this carpet should be noted as "lower than normal, but even."

Wool pile of semi-antique Sarouk

Figure 10 shows the reverse side of the rug capturing the entire color palette used in weaving.

Reverse side of Hand knotted rug

We have counted 11 individual colors.  Although not a characteristic of this rug, any abrash should be excluded from your color count!

Counting the colors in a Rug 

Here is what your sample appraisal should look like before submitting...

Rug Rag Sample Estimate for Rug Estimator Pro


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