Consumer Tips…What you should know
before you buy an Oriental Rug.
FACT…An educated buyer is a satisfied buyer. If you have questions that are not covered
In today’s market there are many types of handmade rugs including kilims, sumacs, tapestries, and more. However the rugs most often chosen for a luxurious look and long term use are
The structure of the carpet, consisting of the knotted pile, warp and weft threads, fringe and selvedges – all should be closely examined.
The quality of an oriental rug not only depends on knot count and materials used, but on many other factors such as complexity of design, number of colors, and dying techniques.
The knot count may vary from 50 to 1000 knots per square inch. A higher 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.
If you’re seriously considering purchasing an oriental, you may want to visit the glossary to become more familiar to the industry and care of an authentic oriental rug.
Click here for an article by Myrna Bloom and Richard Marcus, “The Decorative Rug”