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How to Estimate the Value of Persian Rugs? July 02, 2015

Persian rugs are world renown and are heavily valued not just because of the intricate designs, quality material or unique use of color, but also how it has transcended time and the vital role it has had in history.  Genuine carpets from Iran, formerly known as Persia, are treasured by collectors worldwide. Persian rugs can add an element of sophistication and class to any room or environments.

              One of the reasons as to why Persian rugs are considered a valuable piece of art instead of just a decorative room piece is due to an embargo against goods coming from Iran by the U.S. Government in September of 2010, this includes Persian rugs entering or leaving the U.S. Persian rugs bought and sold within the U.S. are not penalized in any way, but the value of these rugs have increased considerably.

Handmade Persian rugs made on looms are considered to be more valuable than machine manufactured rugs.  Handmade Persian rugs can take up to a year to make and can my easily spotted by slight imperfections on the back on the rugs. On the topside, if you were to fold the rug revealing the tufts, you can examine how the color goes to the base of each tuft; this is also a sign of a handmade rug.

Persian rugs are made from several types of wool and silk, by understanding what material that were used for the rug can also determine its value. For wool rugs, if you begin to notice a sheen forming with age it would mean that the wool used to create the rug was taken from a live animal. The sheen is due to the lanolin and oils contained in the fibers prolong the life of your carpet and is softer than other wool. Rugs that are rough to the touch or dull are made of recycled or dead wool, lowering its value. Silk rugs are also valuable, but distinguishing real silk from manufactured silk is more difficult than knowing the authenticity of wool. To identify a true silk rug, rub the palm of your hand over the surface for several seconds, if your hand starts to feel warm, the silk is real. Manufactured silk will not have the same effect.

The age of the rug can play a role in its value. The older the rug is, the higher its value. Some rug merchants would even wait several years for the value of the rug to increase instead of selling a brand new rug. Any repairs, use of chemicals or fading can diminish the value of the rug. The most valuable of rugs come from 19th century in Kerman, Tabriz or Kashan styles. The rug must have fully executed designs, fringe woven into the carpet and slight signs of wear.

If you possess a Persian rug of any kind, take a closer look and you may find that your rug can be more valuable than you think. 

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