Antique Oriental Rugs

Tips For Evaluating Antique Oriental Rugs

An authentic oriental rug is like a fine work of art. The older it is, the more it appreciates in value and antique rugs are the most valuable of all. They have in fact been a standard of luxury over the years. Ask any antique rug collector and you’ll hear how their investment has paid off over time and the oriental rugs that they bought several years are worth so much more today.

So when exactly is an oriental rug considered antique? Why does the price keep appreciating and how do you evaluate an antique oriental rug? You’ll find all the answers to those questions right here.

An oriental rug is considered antique at 100 years and semi-antique at 50 years. The reason why it keeps appreciating is that as these rugs grow older, the colors get mellowed and enhanced so the overall effect is even more beautiful. They are much sought after by collectors in equal measure for their beauty and their investment potential.

Properly cared for, an authentic oriental rug can last a lifetime without showing signs of wear. If you’ve got your heart set on buying an antique oriental rug and refuse to settle for anything less, here are a few tips that will help you evaluate your purchase so you know you are paying what the rug is worth and not a heavily marked up price.

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Antique Oriental Rugs, This Antique rug is the  most expensive rug was sold on Jun Please click for details


The material or combination of materials used in the construction also matters. You can find antique rugs in all wool, all silk or cotton foundation with a wool pile. All silk is the most expensive. All wool is second most expensive and cotton with wool is the least expensive.

Design of the rug

Rugs with simple designs featuring scattered geometric motifs will be cheaper than those rugs that have very elaborate and intricate patterns filling the entire surface. The more basic rugs are usually called tribal or village rugs whereas city rugs usually feature more complex patterns.

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Serapi from Northwest Persia late 19th Century Medallion design
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Soultan Abad from Central Persia, Circa 1900 Allover pattern
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Tabriz from Northwest Persia Circa 1900 Floral design
Antique Oriental Rugs
Heiz from Northwest  Persia circa 1900 Allover Geometrical design

Condition Of The Rug

Goes without saying that a rug that has been maintained and preserved well, will cost much more than a damaged rug. When buying antique rugs, make sure you take the time to examine it carefully. Check for patches or repairs, stains and moth damage. Any repairing, staining, brittleness or worn out patches decreases the value of the rug tremendously.

Antique oriental rugs can be a worthy investment and time spent evaluating the rug is well worth it in the long run.

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