Investment Tips

Use our Glossary to define many of the terms used below.

Tips for buying Oriental Rugs and Persian Carpets for Investment Purposes

Tips for those who want to buy for investment purposes include buying the best way rug you can afford, dealing with a reputable dealer and investing some time in studying Oriental rugs, just as you would study other investments.

After locating a few pleasing rugs, check the structure of the carpet. The knotted pile, warp and weft threads, fringe and selvedges should be closely examined. The knot count may vary from 50 to 1000 knots per square inch. A high count usually indicates a more valuable rug, but not always. The degree of fineness of the rug can be determined by looking at the back. The warp and weft threads should also be checked from the back of the rug to see if there are any breaks or cuts. Additionally, you should look carefully to see if any repairs have been made and, if so, properly executed. If not, your carpet may unravel. The pile should be checked closely for holes, stains and moth damage (especially in older rugs). The fringe should be inspected to determine if it is in good shape, is original or has been replaced (as in older rugs). The selvedges or the sides of the rug should be strong and fairly straight.

The colors should be examined for running. By wiping a cloth firmly over the rug, you can determine if the colors will run. Sometimes in new carpets, you will see faded or antique looking effects. These are simply fashionable dying effects to create an antique look.

The pile of the rug should be even and consistent in all areas. You can check this by running your hand across the pile from edge to edge.

The lay of the rug is important. Often minor imperfections and wrinkles can be easily fixed by stretching or blocking.

There’s an old saying: “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.” This is particularly true when buying an Oriental Rug. Buy from someone who has a permanent store, who is willing to stand behind the rugs he sells and who has a good reputation.

If you are a first time buyer, it is particularly important that you establish a good relationship with someone you can trust. This is the person who will help you choose a rug that is right for you and you should feel comfortable with him and not hesitate to ask questions.

For more information, go to any section of the consumer tips area.

Phil Auserehl, Jewel of the Front Range

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