Oct 24, 2014

Top Four Things to Look for While Buying a Persian Rug

Persian rug is a vital product of Persian art and culture. Persian rugs are made not just in Iran but the whole South Asia by experienced artists.  Persian rugs are famous for their quality, reliability, excellent durability and good looking craftsmanship.

A genuine Handmade Persian rug, depending upon its quality, size and age, can cost thousands of dollars or even millions. There are different types of Persian rugs; some are handmade and some are machine made. Handmade Persian rugs are much higher in price than machine made rugs, so buying a good quality hand woven Persian rug can cost you a lot. 

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In this article we will share the top four things to look for when buying a Persian rug.

Genuine Persian Rug Materials

Most commonly Persian rugs are made from wool but cotton rugs can be seen in the markets as well. Kork wool, Manchester wool and camel hair wool are the famous wools from which Persian rugs are made. Most luxurious Persian rugs are made from silk and they are typically less resilient than the wool rugs and often hanged on the walls instead of use as floor rug. Some new Persian rugs are prepared from less traditional materials such as olefin (synthetic fibers), silk blends and mercerized cotton.

Size of Persian Rug

When you are purchasing a Persian carpet it is important to consider the size aspect. Needless to say that larger rug will have been costlier as compared to smaller rugs. It is important to have precise measurement of the size of the rug you need, as Persian rugs are available in all the sizes and shapes; so if you know the exact size of your required rug it will save you from going for the wrong sized rug which may look too small or too large for the room that it is going into.


Quality of Persian Rug

The value of Persian rug is hugely dependent on its quality. Following are the factors which are important to judge the quality of Persian rugs:

i. Knot Density

It is the major contributing factor in judging the quality of the Persian rug and it is measured by the numbers of knots per square inch in the rug. Rugs which are below 100 knots density are usually  lower quality rugs, and rugs whose knot density is 300 or above are considered as high quality and very expensive Persian rugs. 

   ii.        Hand-spun Wool Rugs

The hand woven rugs use wool which is spun by hands and that is why they are considered as more valuable and brings uniqueness in the designs. Normally hand-knotted Persian rugs are much expensive than the machine-spun wool rugs. 

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iii.        Machine-spun wool rugs

As the name suggests, these rugs are made by using machine to spun the wool. They bring a uniform look in the overall design of the Persian rug. They are less expensive than the hand-spun wool rugs.

iv.  Natural Dye Rug versus Synthetic Dye Rug

Natural dye rugs are 30% to 35% more expensive than the synthetic dye rugs and they are limited in colors. Natural dye rugs are considered as more authentic rugs as compared to the synthetic dye rugs.

4. Age of Persian Rug

Persian rugs which have more than 100 years of age are considered as antique and they are much more expensive than the rugs which are newer. Rugs which are 50 to 99 years old are considered as semi-antique rugs.
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