5 Quick Tips for
purchasing a new or used oriental rug:
is Everything: Well, in 98% of cases condition is everything. Pet
stains, moth damage, uneven wear, color run… All going to
severely affect the value of your rug. On the plus side, there are
ways to prevent the majority of the above. Always be wary of
reduced rugs missing minor borders, side borders or severely
off-center medallions. Even for new rugs, check for even weaving (or signs of uneven),
shearing and symmetrical shape.
tied up in knots! Relatively speaking, Knots Per Square Inch
(KPSI) means little in the scope of purchasing a rug. Sure, it may
aid in attribution, perhaps differentiate it from other rugs of that
type or genre. In the majority of cases, knot count should not bear
any more weight in deciding whether a rug is “a worthy buy.”
It’s the rug you’re going to live with, not the
Origin: Province or City Does not dictate Quality.
Exceptional rugs come from many weaving countries. Excellent goods
are being imported from India, pakistan, Iran, Armenia, Turkey and
many other weaving areas. Additionally, just because two rugs have
the same name does not indicate they are of equal quality.
Information Readily Furnished? Perhaps an elaboration on the
above. However, if a seller does not readily display the item’s
country of origin, beware. Proper ID of a rug should be as follows
in this example: A Chinese Rug with a Persian design should be
called an “Chinese Rug with Persian Design”, or “Chinese
Interpretation of a Persian Design.” It is not uncommon to
find some sellers simply state “Persian Rug”!!! Check out our Standards for Sellers.
Quality of wool
and dyes: If a new rug has coarse & dry wool at a very high
price point, be wary. Determining quality of dyes is not
simple, and years may be the only real determining factor. However,
there are ways to test! If you suspect dyes may be inferior due to
over-saturation of color, grab a worn out but fine cotton/linen
handkerchief you don’t care about. Moisten with cold to
lukewarm water and wipe with firm pressure on colors throughout the
face/pile of the rug going with the direction of the pile. If a
significant amount of colors pull from tested areas, this may be an
indicator of potential color migration after a future wash or spot
cleaning. Either negotiate a fair price accordingly or keep
When and where
possible, take the opportunity to see a rug in person. There are
many, many well-trusted and established rug sellers in the states.
Purchasing at a well-known importer or retailer showroom does not
necessarily mean you will pay more than online! If you ever have
questions, we are here to help.
Staff at RugRag.com