Price vs. Quality of Oriental Rugs

Price vs. quality, What Should You Give More Importance To When Buying An Oriental Rug?
Of course everybody would love to own the finest quality oriental rug but very often the high price can be a seriously limiting factor.

The price of a high quality oriental rug can run into thousands of dollars and not everyone can afford to indulge.

So where exactly do you draw the line?

Is it better to save up for a quality hand-woven rug or should you just settle for a cheaper machine made alternative?

Here are a few things you must take into consideration when trying to find an acceptable compromise between price and quality in oriental rugs.

But first, it is important to understand why oriental rugs are typically in a higher price range as compared to the machine made rugs.

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Hand Knotted Oriental Rug

Authentic oriental rugs are completely handmade right from dyeing the wool to tying the knots in the rug. As with anything else, when something is hand knotted it takes many more man hours to complete and this needs to be adequately compensated.

Also, because it is handmade, an authentic oriental rug is more likely to be one of its kind, so you know that you will not find another similar rug anywhere else. You should expect to pay a premium for this kind of uniqueness.

Weaving hand knotted rugs

Compare this with machine made rugs that are available for a much lesser price.

These rugs are usually made from synthetic material and the same design is used to mass produce several rugs. This makes it just another type of floor covering. There is nothing unique or exclusive about these types of rugs.

And because the material used is synthetic, these rugs lack the hardiness and long lasting qualities of their handmade counterparts.

With all of this in mind, the question still remains, should you choose price or quality when looking for an oriental rug?

If you are on a very tight budget, your choices may be limited. Even if you can manage to stretch your budget, should you spend your money on an expensive hand knotted oriental rug or should you still select a cheaper machine made rug?

Here are a few things you should take into consideration.

If you are looking for a rug to use as part of your home décor, you would definitely want something that looks good and feels plush under your feet. Wouldn’t it be great if you can get both of these features while knowing that your floor covering is one of a kind?

An oriental rug would offer you all of these features and more. It will last a long time and it is something that you can hand over to your future generations.

Machine made rugs on the other hand do not offer any of these benefits.

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High Quality Tabriz Persian Rug

So what is a fair price for an oriental rug?

There is no one answer for this. The price of a rug depends on several factors, including the materials it is made from, the design and the knot count.

The great thing is that when you are looking for oriental rugs, you can be sure to find one that fits into your budget so you never have to settle for a lesser quality machine-made rug.