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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Does Size Matters In Rug Pricing?
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.