High quality Persian rugs are items that many of us would like to own. The problem is that most of us have no idea how to tell high quality Persian rugs, from just stunning Persian rugs that are replicas. It is easy to find stunning Persian rugs to fall in love with, and the experts at OLDCARPET in Orange County tell us that when we are buying these carpets strictly to decorate our homes, or for our own pleasure, it does not matter if the stunning Persian rugs we select were made yesterday, or 100 years ago. The only things that matter are our satisfaction, and whether or not we got a fair price. 

Stunning Persian Rugs

The expert we spoke to at OLDCARPET in Orange County, California explained that if we are collecting the carpets as investments that is when we should really be concerned with whether or not we are getting high quality Persian rugs, or replicas of these famous carpets. They had the following advice for us on trying to determine the quality of the rugs we are viewing.


  • Look at the back of the carpet. You need a tape measure, or a ruler, to quickly measure one inch on the back of the piece. Count the number of knots that are visible in that inch of space. The more knots you count the higher the quality of the rug, the thread used to make the rug, and the skills of the person that made the rug.
  • Feel the texture of the carpet face. If the texture is rough, and feels stiff, then you may be viewing a carpet made with a lower quality wool thread. You want a plush feeling surface that is not rough to the touch.
  • Our Persian Rugs expert in Orange County, California told us to inspect the carpet for evidence of repairs. This is especially true of any carpet that is being sold as an antique. You want to see if the piece has ever been repaired. Most of the time an antique carpet will have had some minor repair work done to it. Look at the repair to try and determine the extent of the damages that were done. 
  • Assess the colors of the carpet to try and determine if the colors have stayed true since the carpet was created, or if the colors have faded some over the years. The fading of some colors actually make the rugs look warmer, and more inviting to some people, but when the dyes have faded the value of the piece may be slightly less than it should be 
  • Look at the edges of the carpet very carefully. Some of the artists wove their signatures into the edgings like painters sign their canvases. These signed pieces may be valued slightly higher than items that not signed 



  • You want to carefully examine the patterns that are woven into the fibers. The only real way to judge these carpets is for you to have done your research and learned to recognize what symbols are commonly placed into rugs from different areas. Carpets from some areas of the world, different periods of time, are more valuable than other pieces are.

Shawn Nejad