The most expensive Persian rug was recently sold at an auction in New York, where a buyer paid $34 million for a 17th century antique Persian rug. Because of the high values that are associated with these rugs, the market is attractive to scammers, and it can be difficult for buyers discern the fakes.


Persian rugs are not all very expensive. You can buy affordable Persian rugs from respected dealers, such OLDCARPET throughout the USA.  OLDCARPET team have been dealing in Persian rugs for time and they can tell you how to identify the imitations from the genuine ones, when you buy Persian rugs.

The factors that affect the value of the rug will include the size, the material, the type of dyes, and of density of the knots and the manufacturing process. Hand-woven rugs are usually more expensive and considered to be collectibles. Some antique rugs are at least 100 years old.

Buying a Persian rug from a reputable dealer will offer buyers peace of mind that they are paying a worthy price for the chosen rug. 

You can buy Persian rugs at many outdoor markets in Iran, or you can visit specialized dealers like OLDCARPET, but you need to know what to look for. The hand-woven knots in Persian rugs are different from those used in other countries, and Persian rugs are usually made from wool. Persian rugs will feature the traditional single loop knot, while others countries used the double-looping method. The more expensive ones are made from silk, and are more for decorative pieces on the wall, rather than being placed on the floor. 

In addition to the knots, you can identify Persian rugs by looking at the labels and patterns. Another way to identify the handmade Persian rugs, is to look at the pattern through the packing on the underside of the rug. Machine-made rugs tend to have thicker backing, and the pattern may not be clearly visible and there may be less separation between the knots, when viewed from the top.

Persian rug weaving has featured a select group of patterns and designs that has been handed down to generations, and has not been changed over time. There are usually distinct patterns. The motifs with different layouts and patterns feature specific colors that have historical meaning.

The organic dyes used in the rugs will contribute to higher prices, as they are considered to be more authentic. Although the range of colors may be limited when natural dyes are used, the colors tend to be brighter and more intense, and they also tend to last longer in the Persian rugs.

Shawn Nejad