How to Buy a Genuine Persian Rug

How to Buy a Genuine Persian Rug

The holiday season is starting and you may be tempted to buy a new rug to bring home, but how can you be sure that it is a genuine Oriental or Persian rug? Here are some tips  that will show exactly how to buy a genuine Persian rug on holiday:

  1. A true ORIENTAL Rug can ONLY be made in Asia, Iran, India, Russia, China, Turkey, Pakistan, Nepal and Turkey and it MUST be hand knotted.
  2. A real Persian Rug can ONLY be made in IRAN which in Biblical times was known as Persia. They must also be HAND KNOTTED
  3. Some Persian rugs have traditional designs, and these are known as Tabriz, Mashad, Isfahan, Nain, Sarouk, Shiraz, Heriz, and are named after the Town or City where the design was created.
  4. An average Persian Rug sold in the markets will have around 160 to 200 knots per square inch. Always ask the number of knots per inch to judge the quality. This number sounds good until…….
  5. Best quality Persian rugs will have AT LEAST 1,500 knots per square inch, and quite often even more…
  6. True Persian rugs are easy to identify by their exceptional designs and unique colour combinations.
  7. Any rug that is labelled ‘Oriental style,’ or ‘Persian design,’ will NOT be a hand-knotted rug. These will be made on a machine or HAND-TUFTED, which is NOT the same thing, so don’t be caught out. Without knots – it is not real.
  8. You can have a very light Persian rug if the yarn is very fine. It doesn’t have to be a thick yarn.
  9. Don’t fret about a mistake in the pattern. This means it’s a real one and this will add to its value – not detract from it, as they will always increase in value.
  10. Lastly, always have real Persian rugs cleaned by an accredited and fully insured professional. Never use the hired water spray machines on them.

Call us anytime to discuss your rugs, we can always advise you and we have a collection and delivery service to clean them so the colours don’t bleed onto your main carpet while we work on it.

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