August 21, 2020
What You Need to Know Before Buying a Luxury Persian Rug

As one of the most celebrated and appreciated pieces from the Iranian culture, Persian rugs have long been a staple in the households and interiors of the rich and the artistic.

What You Need to Know Before Buying a Luxury Persian Rug

As one of the most celebrated and appreciated pieces from the Iranian culture, Persian rugs have long been a staple in the households and interiors of the rich and the artistic. 

Ancient history can attest to the fact that Persians were widely known for their rugs—each with elaborate designs, indulgent colors, and distinctive artisanship. Today, these rugs are highly valued and are considered to be the gold in the rug community.

With a valuable rug set at an extraordinary price, here’s what you need to know before buying one. 

Why They're Expensive

The value of this exotic rug is influenced by several factors. The tradition and culture of making authentic Persian rugs—some estimated to be about 2,500 years old—has mainly contributed to its price point. 

In addition to the ancient culture, each rug is hand-made by artisans to express their own culture and style. The art of making fine, valuable rugs is an arduous craft that only a few have mastered. Purchasing a piece of such would be equitable to purchasing an intricate painting made by renowned artists.

The quality of materials used also bears a significant weight on the value of the rug. Made only from the finest natural or animal fibers, the colors on the rug work against fading and maintenance won’t be as costly in comparison to other rugs made from less desirable materials. 

And because the fibers are of natural origins, colors and colors are hard to replicate—making each one as unique as the other. These very fibers also offer better quality of air in the room rugs are placed in. 

What to Consider When Buying

As with shopping for luxury pieces, an individual’s personality reflects on the pieces being chosen. Given the fact that no two rugs are alike, considerations for purchasing a fine piece of Persian rug fall onto the following categories. 

Knot Quality

Hand-made pieces are unique and intricate as they are imperfect—this applies most especially to hand-woven Persian rugs made on looms. It’s almost impossible to verify knot count but a high quality rug should have at least 120 knots per square inch. To quickly establish the quality of a rug, examine its underside and check for less-than-perfect uniformity. Finding a few big knots and soft backing will guarantee that it was made by an artisan. 

Material Quality 

Natural materials are always the superior quality in comparison to synthetic ones. The material of the base should be wool, silk, or cotton for better quality. Wool rugs should be completely matte in comparison to a shiny silk rug. 

As mentioned in the previous section, natural materials have a bearing in the quality of the air in the room that it is placed in. 

Color and Size

The color and size of rug is dependent upon how the owner chooses to use it. Centerpiece rugs should be intricate and sized in relation to its location. Should the rugs be used for other purposes, color scheme and room size should be taken into account.

David Nourafshan

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