Things to know before you Buy Handmade Persian Rugs

If you have been thinking about getting handmade Persian rugs as decorations for your home then there are some things you should know before you start to buy. Quality Persian rugs are available, but you need to know what distinguishes quality Persian rugs from all other handmade Persian rugs.

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OLDCARPET in Orange County, California offers some tips on why should you buy handmade Persian rugs if you concern about quality.

  • Quality Persian carpets are made with the best materials. The type of wool, cotton, or silk, threads used to weave the Persian rugs usually have better quality and crtafmanship compare to rug made in different parts of the globe.
  • The dyes that are used when the fibers for the rug are being colored help to decide if the carpet will be of high quality or not. Some dyes fade, bleed when they are gotten wet, and some dyes are steadfast. The higher quality the dye is the higher quality the carpet it colors will be. Some weavers use only natural ingredients to make their dyes for their pieces. These rugs will sometimes fade somewhat over time, but they tend to take on a warmer look as they fade. They actually look better as they fade and age than they did when they were first crafted.
  • The number of knots that are tied in each square inch of the carpet help to determine the quality of the piece. The more knots per square inch the better. Of course, wool threads cannot be tied in as many knots per square inch as silk threads because the wool threads are larger in diameter
  • The size of the carpet has no determination on the quality of the craftsmanship
  • The area in which the carpet was made has some significance on the quality and value of the piece. Each area has access to different types of wool, and this can increase the value of the item made there. The way that the sheep are cared for makes a difference in the wool they produce.
  • The patterns that are woven into the carpet make a difference in the value of the piece. Different families use different patterns, and different areas of the world also use different patterns. There are always some copy-cat pieces, but normally you can judge where a rug was crafted, and who crafted it by looking at the design on it.
  • If the piece has a signature woven into the design of the border it may be worth more than one without a signature. The signed pieces are often works of people who considered themselves to be artists.
  • The damages you can see on the piece will show you how well the item was put together. A well-made rug will be able to handle small tears, rips, or cuts, without coming all to pieces, while a poorly crafted item will unravel and come apart if a tear is made in it.