Persian Rugs Price Guide
Tehran Rug From Persia

There are no hard and fast rules when evaluating Persian rugs. Because these rugs are hand Knotted, there is usually some degree of discrepancy between any two pieces produced by different weavers, even if they are woven using the same standards.

That’s not surprising at all. Just by virtue of being hand Knotted, there is bound to be little and large differences in the patterns and the colors used as well as the size of the motifs and even in the density of the weave itself.

Some of the factors that are used to determine the price of an oriental rug are the materials used, the coloration, the knot density, complexity of patterns and the execution of designs.

Tehran Rug From Persia
Tehran Rugs Is Very Hard To Find. The pattern Is Hunting And Very Difficult To Weave.

How Are Persian Rug Prices Determined?

Pricing a Persian rug is like pricing a piece of art. Neither is an easy task. There are several factors that need to be taken into consideration when determining their value and putting a price to each piece. Some of these are tangible factors, while others are a little less so.

These are some of the major factors that a rug dealer will factor into their calculation in trying to set a price for their rugs.


Materials matter when it comes to evaluating Persian rugs. In fact, they play a major factor in determining the price, which is not very surprising. Weavers have to first obtain the raw materials they need before they even tie the first knot.

Rugs that have a wool pile on a wool foundation tend to cost the least. This is because weavers often obtain the raw material by shearing their own sheep so there is no upfront costs involved. Also, the thicker width of the wool means it takes less time to complete a wool rug.

Cotton rugs cost more than wool rugs but less than silk rugs. This is because weavers had to buy cotton yarn for their rugs and also because the finer width of cotton means it takes longer to complete a rug made from this material.


Full silk rugs with a silk pile and silk foundation are the most valuable and most expensive of all types of Persian rugs. Silk pile on a cotton or wool foundation is the second-most expensive. This is because silk is difficult to obtain. Buying the raw material itself is expensive, which contributes to the higher price.

Silk And Wool Nain Rug In The Living Area
Cotton rugs cost more than wool rugs but less than silk rugs.

Secondly, the thinner diameter of silk allows weavers to create more knots per square inch. The higher knot count takes longer to weave. The higher cost of silk rugs takes into account both, the cost of the raw material and the time taken to weave the rug.

Complexity of the Pattern

Complex pattern are more challenging to execute. The weaver has to take great care that the right colors are used and the right pattern is unfolding to create a cohesive design.

This takes time as well as skill and experience, unlike rugs with simple patterns that can be completed quickly even by novice weavers. It’s only fair that weavers should be compensated for their skill and experience.

Village Rug
Persian Rugs Price Guide Village Rugs From Persia Has Simple Pattern
Knot Count

It’s a common misconception that knot count is the only factor that is considered when pricing a rug. However, while knot counts are not the whole story they are a major part of the story when it comes to rug prices. There are several reasons for this. The first is the time it takes and the second is the superior appearance of the design.

Weavers make one knot at a time by hand. It takes so much longer to fit more knots into a square inch than it takes to fit fewer knots within the same area. The higher knot count also allows the weaver to incorporate finer, more intricate details into their design.

The time and labor involved in making a rug with a high knot count as well as the more detailed designing are what factor into the higher cost.

Knot Density

When it comes to knot density, you should know that this is a factor that is used only in the city rugs. It is not something that is taken into consideration in a village or tribal rugs.

Tribal rugs typically have a low knot density as these weavers do not have access to sophisticated weaving equipment or tools.

However, these rugs have a rustic beauty that goes beyond knot counts. The beauty and value of village rugs lie in their simple designs and natural dyes.


Wool And Silk Persian Tabriz Rug
This Is A Tabriz Rug From Persia With Silk And Complex Pattern. Knot density does not increase durability, but allows more elaborate designs.
Number of Colors Used

Weaving a rug with larger palette of colors far more difficult and more time-consuming than weaving one with just two or three colors. This is because it requires skill, experience and more attention to create a harmonious design with several different colors. Antique rugs that have retained their original bright and vibrant colors can be much more expensive than rugs of the same age if the colors appear faded, regardless of the condition of the rug.

Age of the Rug

Age does play a role in determining the price of a rug but age is often considered along with the condition of the rug and other factors at well. Antique rugs that are well maintained can cost a small fortune because of the rarity of the design.

When pricing a Persian Rugs, the artistic value of the rug also plays a significant role in influencing the price of the piece.

In general, a rug that has a very elaborate and complex pattern with a very busy field will be more expensive as compared to a rug with simple patterns and a plain field. 

A rug in which the colors are used harmoniously will be more highly valued than a rug with no real harmony in the colors. City and traditional rugs and rugs with silk piles cost more than village rugs or rugs with wool piles.

The condition of the rug plays a huge role too- the better the condition, the higher the price of the rug.


Old Persian Rug
Any rug over 30 years old is considered a vintage rug and any rug over 100 years old is considered an antique rug.

Age is a significant factor in pricing oriental rugs. It’s interesting that unlike machine-made rugs that lose their value as they age, hand knotted oriental rugs become even more valuable as they age.  This is because there is more variation in the older rugs and you are less likely to find many rugs in the similar color or design.

Also, with age, the colors of the rugs tend to become more harmonious giving the entire rug a lovely appearance that is much sought after collectors looking to add to their collection as well as homeowners looking for a rug with character.

Do Antique Rugs Appreciate?

Age can add or detract to the value of a rug. In general antique rugs are considered timeless pieces with their unique designs, precision techniques, and superior quality. When creating these rugs, weavers focused on quality rather than the affordability factor.

Each piece was like a labor of love with the weaver taking the time to focus on every little detail. An antique rug that is well maintained and in excellent condition can be worth a cool fortune. Rug collectors consider antique rugs as a worthy investment that is sure to appreciate in value as it gets handed down to the next generations.

Is The Rug Value Determined By The Design?

Yes, rug value is definitely determined the design. When considering design, evaluators look at the both, the complexity and the uniqueness of the design. A design made up of basic motifs will cost far less than an elaborate design composed of intertwining vines, leaves, and flowers and other curvilinear elements.

Silk And Wool Nain Rug In the Living Room
A Rug With Complex Design Would Probably Cost More Than Simple Patterned Rugs.

Does Size Matters In Rug Pricing?

Yes, size definitely matters in rug pricing with a few notable exceptions. In general, a larger sized rug will cost much more than its smaller counterpart. This is because of a couple of reasons.

Firstly, it costs more to obtain and process the raw material for a larger rug. Secondly, it takes much longer for the weaver to complete a larger piece. For every inch that is added to the length or width of a rug, the weaver has to put in that many more hours to make more knots within that 1 inch square area. Both of these reasons fully justify the higher price point.

The only exception is when comparing a smaller rug that has a very intricate design and is made fully of silk with a larger woolen rug with a more basic design.

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  1. I brought a 10 x 7.7″ rug at an estate sale. Colors have green, blue, blue gray, tan, red and designs are small birds, vases, Rose’s, carnations that are distributed on borders and throughout.
    The people had fine furniture, but nothing newer or decorated newer than 40 or 50 years.
    Kpsi 196, by my count. What type might it be?

  2. Hi Rose,

    Many years ago (2001) my husband and I got lucky when a rug store near us went out of business, and we were able to buy a silk rug made in Qom for a small price. We knew nothing about silk rugs or Qom, so we didn’t realize its value and used it daily in our bedroom. The colors are beautiful and soft in a palette of dusty rose, steel light blue, gray, ivory, teal and maroon. It is 6.5″ x 9.11″. It is hand made. I can enclose a picture if you’d like. We love our rug, and we’d like to know more about it if you can tell us.

  3. I purchased a 9×12 rug from a rug dealer in Chicago 30 years ago. It is in perfect condition and we loved the beautiful colors and design. I am trying to get an approximate value because the moving company lost the rug. If I remember correctly the knot count was somewhere around 200 but can’t be sure I have two current pictures of the rug that were taken right before we moved. Can you help me.

    1. We appriser only rug that purchase from us.Because we don’t carry chines rugs we don’t have any idea about the price.

  4. Hi,
    I have a beautiful khayyam poetry-style wool&silk Persian (Esfahan) carpet, about 3’7″ x 5’10” that I want to sell but don’t know how to price it. I bought it in Esfahan about 35 years ago. I have a picture of it but don’t know how to send it so you can see.
    Can you help me please? Thanks.

    1. Dear Mahin,
      You should sale your rug in Persian stores since the buyer of this rug most possible to be

  5. Hi Rose,

    I have a fine 3’x5′ (3’5″ x 5’3″ to be exact) Silk & Wool, Qom carpet. I would like to know more about it and the roughly value. Can you please help me with that? How can I send you the pictures?

    Thank you in advance.

  6. I have some beautiful Persian rugs that were made in Iran by hand, I’d like to actually get appraisals and sell them. I live in an area where there is no Persian appraisers. What would be my next step in getting them appraised and sold. I will send pictures privately. But need to know that if you can’t appraise them then what is my next option.
    Do I try to contact something like Christies or Sotheby’s etc. they were appraise many years ago at very high prices.

  7. Hi, I have a Bijar old rug from my great grand father that goes back to 100 years ago. I was wondering how can I get an estimate for it? Thanks

  8. Great insights, thank you for the information. I have a silk rug made in Qom circa 1990. It is a medallion center pole design and is in excellent condition. The colors are rich and beautiful and they shimmer in intensity as the angle of the light changes. The field is ivory; border light blue; and accents are ivory, brown, green , blue and coral. It is 6.4″ x 9.3″ and the knot is Persian Senneh. I LOVE IT! I’ll send you a couple pictures.

  9. Dear Rose,

    I have a beautiful Persian carpet, about 6’6″ x 9’9” that I want to sell but don’t know how to price it. I bought it in Dubai just before Corona. I have a picture of it but dont know how to upload the pictures. Can you help me please? I would greatly appreciate a quick response.

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