Tips for Buying Oriental Rugs

The more information you know about oriental rugs, the more you will appreciate the workmanship and artistry that goes into every one. You can also get more value for your money when purchasing a rug.

Think about Size and Color

This can save you a lot of time when you are in the showroom. Have a rough sketch that includes the dimensions of the room and where the furniture is placed. If you are shopping for a dining room rug, then know the dimensions of the table since you don’t want your chairs to fall off the edge of the rug. Traditional wisdom says that decorating should start with an oriental rug since this will outlast everything else in the room. This is good advice if you are starting from scratch, but if you aren’t, you want to choose a rug that will go with the existing space. Take samples with you, along with pictures of the room.

What to Look for When Buying

There are a few things you want to look for when buying oriental rugs. These include quality, country of origin, age, condition, and decorative demand. Many people can be too focused on counting the knots. There are more important things to judge it by. A geometric design could have 100 knots per square inch, while a floral pattern may need more. Regularity and tightness of the weave are important factors when determining the resilience of the rug, as is the wool quality. The demand and price for these rugs depend on the color trends and design. Popular colors of the 1960s, such as green, brown, and orange, are not selling as high as back then. Age and condition both affect the value of the rugs. Age will increase the value and any adverse conditions, such as wear and stains, will decrease the value.

Buy for Decorative Value

Buy a rug because you like the way it looks. It’s usefulness and decorative appeal will last for years. A new rug shouldn’t be considered a money-making investment since there is likely going to be a new one of the same type in the future.

Buying an Antique Is an Investment

If you are considering an antique, know that this is an investment. Any rug that is over 70 years old is considered an antique. As more time passes, they become more valuable due to the aging process and the fact that antiques are almost always one of a kind. Before you buy, make sure you know what you are getting. Many new rugs can be made to look like antiques.

Choose Your Source Carefully

Turn to well-trusted businesses. Be wary of stores that are having going out of business sales. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.