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Question: "Are pashmina rugs really more valuable than regular wool rugs? Are
rugs really that much cheaper to purchase in India? How much cheaper to
buy while visiting India vs. here in the US? Thanks!"
Hi you have some excellent questions here. Pashmina, if in fact true
pashmina, can drive investment cost to a higher bracket. This is also
dependent on the amount of refinement, grade and wool quality as well.
Regarding prices overseas, one would assume the closer you get to the
source, the less expensive rugs would be. However, it is important to
know sellers in bazaars understand this lower price expectation tourists
have, and often prey on first-time-buyer misconceptions. In addition,
it's not uncommon for rugs which are seen overseas are not the
cream-of-the-crop so to speak. Some of these rugs may have flaws which
could push them into "seconds goods" categories, or designs and motifs
not conducive to overseas demand or colors which are particularly
garish. These factors all affect the aesthetic appeal, and therefore
value of carpets. If you have a specific rug in mind you were
considering purchasing, we would like to recommend our Oriental Rug and
Carpet forum. It is free to use and register. Thanks for contacting!