HOW TO TELL IF AN ORIENTAL RUG IS VALUABLE
Below are some of the factors to consider when deciding if an oriental rug is valuable or not;
ORIENTAL RUG SIZE
A large oriental rug will require more materials and time to produce or complete. Thus, the apparent logic is that a large oriental rug will be more valuable and costly than a smaller one.
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ORIENTAL RUG MATERIAL OR FIBER
Oriental rugs are made from different materials like wool, cotton, silk, animal fur from goats and sheep. All these materials are durable and will last longer, especially under good care.
An oriental rug made from silk or a blend of silk and any other material like wool is the most expensive among the fibers used to make oriental rugs.
Depending on how hard these materials are harder to get, the rug will be more expensive.
ORIENTAL RUG AGE
Collectors or scientists are always buying antique oriental rugs which hold some cultural heritage or significance.
If you have an oriental rug 50 years and above, yet in good condition, you can sell it in the modern-day at a higher price than even the one you acquired it at.
Below are some factors you can use to determine age;
- You can look for dates written on the rug’s border to determine the age of the rug.
- Identify the type of rug you have. For instance, if you have a hooked rug, that is a sign of an old rug since such rugs were not present until 1868.
- Look for the presence of natural plant dyes used in the 1920s.
ORIENTAL RUG KNOT COUNT OR DENSITY
Knot count or density determines the tightness, complexity, and durability of the rug. The higher the number of knots, the more expensive and valuable the rug is.
A higher knot count means more time was spent during the rug’s production, hence the higher the price. Read more about Knots per inch (KPI)
IS THE ORIENTAL RUG HANDMADE?
Oriental rugs are hand-knotted or hand-woven, it is not machine-made.
The best way to identify this feature is to look for irregularities in color, tufts and warps at the rug’s back.
THE ORIENTAL RUG ORIGIN
Some countries are known for producing oriental rugs like Persia (Iran), Turkey, Asia, and India.
So, when you know the origin of your rug, you might be able to determine if the source is a country, city, or village associated with the production of oriental rugs.
THE ORIENTAL RUG DESIGN
Oriental rugs come in different types, as explained in that post.
Those types come from different countries, tribes, and religions to depict diverse cultural heritage and significance.
These differences are created through the use of distinctive oriental rugs patterns, motifs, and symbols.
Therefore, you can study those different patterns, designs, and motifs to recognize an oriental rug when you see one.
ORIENTAL RUG APPRAISING
Take the rug to an oriental rug expert or professional to assess its value and quality.
Such an expert will help you to set a price or assess its value.