Myths About Oriental Rugs

Oriental rugs or handmade carpets from the Orient or the East have been a collector’s item in the Western countries for more than a century. Several myths have been associated with the oriental carpets which has repeated so many times that it that they appear to be the truth. Given below are some of the myths that we try to demystify.

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  1. One common myth is that oriental rugs are identified by their design only. The fact of the matter is that design is just one of the several components that is used to identify these rugs. Other factors used Ito identify the rugs include an analysis of its materials, dyes and construction.
  2. It is commonly believed all oriental rugs will see an appreciation in their value. Oriental carpets do appreciate in value but it is highly unlikely that most of the post World War II rugs and the new rugs purchased today will have an appreciation in their value.
  3. Another misconception about the Oriental rugs is that they are worth a fortune. This is far from the truth as the value of the rug is determined by its condition. A rug in a poor condition would continue to remain an old rug while an old rugs without any artistic merit will not have much value. However if the old rug is worth repairing you can consider the option as proper restoration will appreciate its value.
  4. Another myth associated with Oriental rugs is that the Persian rugs are better than the rugs from other nations. There is no doubt that some pre world war II traditional Persian rugs like Ferahan Sarouk, Tabriz, Bijar, Motashem Kashan and Heriz are of very high quality but the general quality of the Persian rugs has seen a gradual deterioration since 1969. The Shah’s fall in 1979and the ban imposed on Persian goods in 1987 (lifted since 1999) provided the impetus to other countries to improve their quality and their output.
  5. One misconception about the rugs is that you should not clean or vacuum them. On the contrary it is essential that you regularly clean the rugs. The reason is that most of the soil in the rugs are dry particulate matters which act as sandpaper to wear out the rugs. If someone selling a rug recommends that you should not clean them you should be very careful about buying the same as it is likely that the rug is either in such a condition that it cannot withstand cleaning or there is some hidden defect in it.
  6. It is generally believed that the the price for each square foot will be higher if the number of knots in a square inch is more . Undoubtedly this is true for several Persian rugs like Isfahan and Nain and the silk rugs but the value of the rugs produced in mass in India and China are not determined by the number of knots but by their quality and design.
  7. An old myth associated with Oriental carpets is that applying a protector like fluoro-chemical will devalue the rug. The truth is that the protector will protect the carpet from spilled beverage and allow for more effective blotting of the spills as well as prevent the spots from becoming stains.