Monday, January 30, 2012

How to Shop for a Persian Rug

As designers we are taught what to detect a fake when shopping for quality products to add to our clients homes or places of business. Here I  will give you some insight as to what to look for when trying to find that perfect rug for your home or office.  

Persian rugs are an investment than can pay design dividends for years.  When shopping for the perfect rug you may find pieces that can last for generations.  Choosing the right one from options can be a challenge.  Persian carpets are investments.  Be prepared to pay well over your typical rug price.  Judge the quality of the rug by looking at the weave and make sure it is fine enough to clearly express the design.

Look at the ticket on the rug and make sure it has no fewer than 100 knots per square inch for a geometric design.  Some floral patterns with more detailing can require 300 or more knots.  Together with your dealer and interior designer, you should be able to provide you with the information so you can get an idea of the quality of the rug.  

Where the rug was made is also an important aspect.  If it says "Made in China", you're in the wrong place!  Carpets made in Iran are the finest on the market and have the best design and quality.  These are pricey but are bound to last years. 

A rug that's 100 years old can still be a great investment.  Age makes a rug more rare and therefore more valuable. 
Every rug should have a ticket with the type, origin, size, age, description of design and quality, condition, and retail value. 

When decorating your home from scratch, a good tip is to first buy your rug, then pull colors from it for your walls, couches, pillows, and other decor.  That way you can tie your whole room together with your rug and have a consistent color scheme.  

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