Renowned for their durability, attractive designs, asset value, and thermal qualities, Persian Rugs are high in demand across the world and are one of the most sought oriental rugs. Not only do they add a charm to your commercial or residential space, if maintained and cared for properly these rugs can also yield profit for their owners. But, because of their high demand and their similarity with other oriental rugs, identifying and evaluating Persian rugs can be a challenging task for first-time buyers.
To help you make an informed decision regarding the quality, authenticity, and rarity of Persian rugs, we have created a list of great tips for first-time buyers. These tips will help you identify an authentic Persian Rug, its origin, and based on the information, you can also determine the rarity and valuation of these rugs.
How to determine if it is a Persian Rug or not?
Back when Persia was ruled by Mongolia, the artisans that made rugs and the art of carpet weaving was spread across many different countries and because of the migration, there are now Oriental rugs being made in Turkey, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, and other such countries. Although oriental rugs are similar to Persian Rugs, the Persian rugs are considered best in quality and design and are also valued high amongst other rugs. To verify if the rug that you are buying is Persian or not, here are the few things that you can check:
Rug weaving and materials:
There are majorly two types of Persian Rugs i.e. tribal rugs and city rugs. While the tribal Persian rugs are made in the rural areas of Iran, they are simpler in terms of design and the weaving of the rugs is loose compared to city rugs. Also, each region of Iran that manufactures Persian rugs have its own unique style and design inspirations based on which the rugs are designed.
Thus, you must inquire about the origin of the rug and verify its age of it along with the design. Apart from that, tribal Persian rugs will have a lesser knot count (around 50 knots per square inch) compared to the vibrant and complex weaving of city rugs.
All the Persian Rugs that are valued high in the market are hand-knotted and old. Thus, if you are looking for a Persian Rug that yields profit in the future, look for well-maintained old rugs around 50-100 years that are hand-knotted by local craftsmen.
Common traits of a hand-knotted authentic Persian Rug are:
- Look for hand-knots on the back of the rug. Hand-knotted Persian rugs will have imperfections in the knots.
- Variance in color saturation and hue as vegetable dyes are in hand-knotted Persian rugs.
- The surface of the front and back of the rug will be rough compared to machine-stitched rugs that are smooth on both the sides
Although these imperfections and tips help you identify a genuine Persian Rug, there are many different factors such as size, edges, and notes of the rug, consistency in the weaving and fringes, and others. If you are buying for the first time, please ensure that you buy from a genuine and verified seller.