The more you know about what makes a quality oriental rug, the more you’ll appreciate the workmanship and artistry that goes into every one of them. And since you’re going to be a lot more knowledgeable about these things, it’s going to be a lot easier for you to get the most value for your money.
The tips we’re going to give you today are going to guide you, but if you’re not an expert, then one of the most essential decisions you’re going to have to make is where you want to purchase your rugs from. Go to a well reputed store that’s been in business for at least 5 years and is also willing to patiently answer your questions, teach and show you all the rugs you want to see prior to buying one. You shouldn’t feel pressured to making a purchase right away, especially at auctions and/or stores going out of business which generally have greatly inflated prices and poor quality rugs.
Learn the Lingo
Prior to starting your search for the prefect rug, it’s recommended that you learn more about the terms that identify various parts of a rug so you can describe the seller what you’re looking for. For instance, the main background of the rug is called the field.
Therefore, when shopping for a rug, you should already have an idea of the type of border colors and preferred field. If you can, then bringing pillows or fabric samples is a great idea. Keep in mind that the majority of rugs feature a round or diamond shaped motif in the center which is called a central medallion. If you plan on asymmetrically placing your furniture on the rug, getting a rug with an all-over design is recommended.
Buy the Rug for Its Decorative Value
Let’s face it: Not many people are going to purchase an oriental rug for its antique value, but actually for its looks. Indian rugs are known to not only come in a wide range of really beautiful and unique designs, but they’re also hand-woven, meaning that they will last for a very long time. On top of that, the mental comfort that you purchased an Indian rug straight from the source is going to go a long way in helping you appreciate the rug even more.
However, don’t be convinced by sellers to purchase antique rugs, even if you can afford them and that’s because they are just overkill. Just purchase a rug you love because it may look amazing in your living room or is very soft which means your kids can comfortably play on it and not because of its antique value.
Healthy Wool Feels Good
Moist and cool climates with great grazing help sheep produce lustrous, long staple and overall superior wool. Because of that, it’s recommended that you inquire the seller where the wool came from and don’t be afraid to also feel it yourself. The wool needs to be smooth and soft as opposed to brittle and dry. Beware though, because if the rug is too shiny and soft, then it may have been made using poor quality wool that was chemically treated.
Inspect the Density and Fineness of the Knots
Fineness (for clear design definition) and knot density (for strength) are essential indicators of quality for which different terms are used depending on the country you buy the rug from. If you want to test a rug’s knot density, all you need to do is push your fingers down to the pile’s base. If you feel that the knots are packed tightly, then the rug is going to last for a very long time. When comparing fineness though, you’ll need to compare the backs of various rugs. Each bump you’ll notice is actually a knot. If the knots are small, then they allow for fine lines in the pattern and nicely defined curves. However, you are going to pay a premium for them. When it comes to Indian rugs, they’re measured in terms of warps per inch by wefts per ten centimeters. One more thing to bear in mind is that knot count is less important in bold geometric designs than in detailed florals.
Carefully Choose Your Source
Last but not least, it’s important to carefully choose the store where you purchase your rug from. Well run and trustworthy businesses endure and the sellers are going to be more than happy to show you a sample of everything they have on sale while recommending you the best type of rug for your budget and needs.
Do not be lured in to purchase a rug from a store that has lower prices, since there’s a good chance it’s selling low quality rugs and it’s just one of those stores that go out of business fast and pop up under a different name and location a few months later. The rule of thumb is that if an offer is too good to be true, then it probably is.