Antique Persian Rugs

Antique Persian Rugs

Antique Persian Rugs are Craftsmanship From More Than 80 Years Ago. There is an indescribable essence to an Antique Persian Rug that just has to be seen up-close and in-person to be experienced.

Like a trusted family member who shares the timeless wisdom of their lives, these Antique Persian Rugs, all aged more than 80 years, were made with a sort of superior craftsmanship and cared for by individuals who understand that dedication to the craft is worth preserving. So whether you are seeking out a rug to add a chapter to your home, or looking for a gift that expresses more than words ever could, these vintage Persian Rugs are a part of history.

Age-Defying Vintage Persian Rugs: Rugs Telling Stories of the Past

Forget notions you have about what you think an antique is. These Antique Persian Rugs are anything but low-pile or worn out. These are the highest quality, handcrafted Persian rugs, carefully cared for and treated, with colors that pop as if they’d just been knotted days prior.

The quality, which could almost be described as age-defying, is an immediate attention grabber as these rugs, each tightly woven by master craftsmen, show a tradition that extends past any one person, a testament to skill and storytelling that live on in these Antique Persian Rugs that last well past 80 years.


Antique Heriz rugs and piano on top
Antique Heriz Rug at Catalina Rug’s Clients Home
Antique Rug
A Rug Needs To Be At Least 100 Years Old To Be Considered An Antique.

How Can You Tell An Antique Persian Rug?

The unique combination of history, uniqueness, skill and beauty make antique Persian rugs a true collector’s item. Of course, these rugs come with a higher price tag too but this is totally worth it. Look after it well and you can expect to your investment to increase in value over the years.

Learning how to identify an antique Persian rug is the only way to ensure that what you are buying is genuine. These rugs have a few very distinctive characteristics that set them apart from similar looking forgeries.

120 Year Old Antique Karaja Persian Rug
120 Year Old Antique Karaja Persian Rug

Here’s how to tell if the rug you’re looking at is an antique Persian rug:

The materials used should be all natural – From the very beginning and down through the years, Persian rug weavers have used only natural materials. Most antique rugs were made from wool, which the nomadic weavers obtained from their own herd of sheep. Cotton and silk were the other materials used to create these rugs. Man-made synthetic materials such as plastic, polyester or nylon were never used to create these rugs.

Sheep grazing in the grass
Natural Wool

The underside of the rug should have some imperfections and unevenness – Take a look at the appearance of the knots on the underside. Because genuine rugs are completely hand-knotted, some imperfections in the weave are inevitable.

These little imperfections show up as irregularities and unevenness in the weave. This is a sign that the rug is hand-made. If the underside looks absolutely perfect and smooth, it is more likely to be a machine-made piece.

The rug should not have a backing – Machine-made and hand-tufted rugs have a backing on the underside. This makes the rug hard and stiff and impossible to fold. They can only be rolled up. Genuine hand-made rugs do not have any backing on the underside. In fact, the underside will mirror the top of the rug only without the pile. With no stiff backing, these rugs are softer and easier to fold.

The fringe should look like a natural extension of the rug – Traditional rug weavers make one knot at a time till they reach the desired size of the rug, then they let the extra material trail off the edge. This forms the fringe. If the fringe looks like a natural extension of the rug, you know it’s an authentic antique Persian rug. If the fringe is sewn or glued on to the edges, it is definitely machine-made.

The rug should be hand-knotted, not hand-tufted – Many people are under the misconception that both refer to the same thing and only find out too late that they are wrong. In hand-knotted rugs, the knots are made one at a time. This is a laborious, time-consuming task that requires some skill. In hand-tufted rugs, a tufting gun is used to punch threads through a fabric sheet.

The tufts are held in place with another layer of fabric that’s used as backing. These rugs can be made quickly and require no skill at all. The big difference between the two is that that tufted rugs are not at all durable. They will last you only a couple of years before they start to look ragged. Genuine hand-knotted rugs on the other hand will stay looking good for generations with proper care.

Antique Rug
Antique Rugs Aretthe Highest Quality, Handcrafted Persian Rugs.

How Old Does Rug Have To Be Considered An Antique?

A rug needs to be at least 100 years old to be considered an antique. Just like antique paintings and furniture, antique Persian rugs also become more valuable over time.

A Vintage Persian Rug Falls Between 25-100 Years Old. Antique Rugs Are Above 100 Years Old.
From the age of 20 to 99, rugs are considered to be semi-antique or vintage.

What Is A Vintage Persian Rug?

Many people use the terms vintage and antique interchangeably but there is in fact a difference between the two. A vintage Persian rug is usually anywhere between 25 and 100 years old. If it is over 100 years old, it is considered to be an antique.

Where Can I Buy An Antique Persian Rug?

You can find a fantastic array of Persian rugs from online as well as local offline rug dealers. Neither one is better or worse than the other. While you can find a larger variety online from multiple dealers and at better prices too, the downside is that you cannot actually feel the texture of the rug in your hands. Shopping at a local rug dealer gives you the advantage of being able to feel the rug, however, you will have to choose from a limited selection and you won’t be able to compare prices with multiple dealers.

Antique Rug
You Cam Find A Variety Of Antique Rugs Online Or Through Local Rug Dealers.

Use these tips to help you find an authentic antique Persian rug that’s just perfect for your space:

  • Start by educating yourself about what to look for and how to tell the real thing from the fake.

  • Decide where you want to place the rug and measure that space correctly. You can find several very helpful articles on how to choose the right size rug for your space. Don’t estimate or guess the size. A rug that’s too big or too small for the space will not create the desired look.

  • Browse through catalogues of online Persian rug stores to get an idea of what’s available.

  • Don’t buy a rug from the first seller you come across. Take time to read reviews from previous buyers to see what they have to say about the customer service. These reviews will tell you a lot about whether or not you can trust that seller.

  • When you see a rug you like, get in touch with the seller and ask questions about that piece. This will give you a good idea about that store’s customer service. Never buy from a seller who cannot be bothered to get back to you.

  • Find out about shipping formalities and whether the seller will be open to bearing the shipping costs. Some sellers do.

  • If you’re buying a rug from a local dealer, ask if they will bring a couple of selected pieces to your house for a ‘trial run’. A rug that looks absolutely stunning in the store may not look as good with your existing décor. Even the type of lighting you use in your home will cause it to look different. A trial run will give you a better picture of how good a rug will actually look in the space.

  • Don’t let the inability to have a ‘trial run’ deter you from buying online. The prices just can’t be beat when you buy a rug online. Most reputable sellers will go out of their way to oblige you and will help you choose a rug that’s just perfect for your space. Some may even offer to cover the shipping, saving you even more money.

  • Last but not least, whether you buy locally or online, make sure you ask the dealer about their return policies and any satisfaction guarantees that they offer. This can make you feel more comfortable about your purchase, which is an important factor especially when you consider the price you’ll be paying for your purchase.

How Much Are Antique Persian Rugs Worth?

Determining the value of antique Persian rugs is no easy task. These are some of the many factors that go into evaluating one of these gorgeous works of art;

  • Age of the rug – Age is a major factor in determining the value of a rug. Well-maintained antique Persian rugs tend to have the highest value. This is primarily because these rugs have rarer designs. These antique rugs also have a look and feel that is seldom found in newer pieces.

  • Condition of the rug – An antique Persian rug that has been preserved in excellent condition without any fading, tearing or other damage will have the highest value.

  • Knot density – Knot density refers to the number of knots per square inch. The higher the knot density, the more expensive the rug will be. This is because of the longer time it takes to create the larger number of knots. Also, rugs with a higher knot density look superior to those with a lower knot density.

  • Rug size and materials used– It takes longer to complete a larger rug, which is why these usually cost more than smaller sized rugs. However, this is just a generalization. Smaller rugs in silk will cost more than larger sized wool or cotton rugs because of the higher cost of the raw material.

  • Design and color of the rug – Designs in Persian rugs range from basic geometric motifs on a plain abrash field to highly intricate patterns consisting of small motifs and intertwining vines. Rugs with elaborate patterns and clearly defined detailing will have a higher value than rugs with more basic designs.

How Can You Tell How Old a Persian Rug Is?

Determining the exact age of a Persian rug can be tricky. However, here are two hints that can give you a clue as to how old a Persian rug may be.

One way to distinguish an antique rug from a new one is to examine the pile more closely. Push the pile apart and compare the color at the top all the way to the foundation. If the color at the top looks slightly faded compared to the color at the foundation, it’s more likely the rug is an antique. This is because the color at the top of the pile would have faded over the years with exposure to light and the atmosphere. If no fading is discernible, the rug is more likely to be newly made.


Plants used to make vegtable dyes
Plants used to make vegtable dyes for Antique Persian Rugs

Feeling the underside of the rug can also provide a vital clue as to the age of the rug. Run your hands on the rug’s underside. If it feels fuzzy and soft, it is likely to be new. If it feels smooth, it is probably older. This is because the underside of an older rug would have gotten abraded and polished with the friction and pressure of people walking or standing over it. Over time, the yarn would have lost its original fuzziness, making it feel smoother to the touch.