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The current economic situation has buyers hesitating on investing in Luxury Goods. However, when it comes to authentic hand knotted rugs, there's no need to balk!
For as low as a few dollars per square foot (with proper research), these rugs come in at the top of our list for inexpensive floor covering options, in some cases, less of an investment than machine made rugs or wall to wall!
mashad/ardekan: As seen in the famous movie "The Big Lebowski". Mashad (sometimes called "Ardekan" Rugs) are one of the least expensive authentic classic Persian carpets. Sizes generally start at 6'x9' and go all the way up to 12'x15' with 10'x13' being the most common larger size. How much? Ahhh.... A classic kashan design at a machine made price point :) Expect nice examples to hover around $10 for near mint condition vintage pieces! Check Out Ardekan/Mashad Options!
Jaldar: Often made in pakistan, Jaldar rugs are quicker and easier to make, but have all the characterstics one would expect from a hand knotted rug. Sizes vary from small area rugs of 3'x5' all the way up to 9'x12'. There are 3 main different qualities to be found, prices which range from $3 to $15 per square foot. Check out Jaldar Options!
Gabbeh: The fun rugs! Often a great deal of negative space and fun bright colors. These rugs are great for anything from lodges, to childrens' rooms to family rooms. Tons of options, lots of different designs, and great general variety. Sizes are often small throw rugs of 2'x3' all the way up to 8'x10'. Expect starting prices for good design new gabbeh rug to be found at $7 per square foot and up! Check Out Gabbeh Options!
Arak: Often these rugs feature repeating mir serbend repeating field design with bold print and traditional colors. Expect to find close-to-new arak rugs in the vicinity of $6 per square foot and up for good designs and colors. Check Out Arak Options!
Hamedan: Easy to find in both area rug and runner sizes often with beautiful traditional reds and blues. Semi-antique sturdily made Hamedans can get up there in price. However, some of the newer Hamedan variety may be found at a significantly lower price point. Starting point for a very good condition Hamedan with nice colors may found in the area of $6 per square foot! Check Out Hamedan Options!
Some deals are better than others! Additionally, the prices of the previously mentioned rugs are starting points. Nicer varieties with better weaving can fetch high premiums. While there are market prices for such rugs, it's important to note that condition is one of the main drivers behind prices. We highly recommend our readers check out the Rug Rag forum for additional information.