Question Received from Reader:
Hello, This rug has been in our family for many years. I have attached pictures.
Could you please tell me something about my rug? If it is considered to be antique, and is there any value to the rug?
Based on the image provided, we would venture to guess this is a mechanically loomed "Jacquard" carpet. You may be able to identify this with several verified methods:
- Pile-less, flat woven carpet
- Greatly varied length / width of design elements - sometimes a single "points" of design may be visible, whereas other areas are more continuous, and cover a greater area.
- Often an 'inverse' color-wave on the back of the carpet. Often reversible, or double sided.
Typically, rugs and textiles created using the Jacquard method of operation are faster and less expensive to create. As opposed to a traditional hand knotted rug, the looms are mechanically set and driven.
Regarding value: There are not enough photographs for us to say decisive ballpark values. Perhaps if there is a manufacturing label which may identify the rug as having a unique production, or otherwise indicate an earlier example, these carpets are generally lower-investment range carpets.
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Note: Photograph above is a stock image from a NY antique rug auction in 2010.