Persian Rug Buying Guide
Oriental Rug Buying Guide
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Beautiful handmade rugs help set the overall scheme, color, and texture of
a room, and most work as a decorative centerpiece. These beautiful
handmade rugs also serve practical purpose of protecting your floors,
retaining warmth, insulating against heat, and absorbing sound to minimize
noise. Handmade rugs can also be used as an investment or family heirloom
that is passed from generation to generation through the family linage.
What ever your motivation in buying a handmade rug the process can be an
intimidating one. To help out, we at Ruginc.com have trained design
professionals to help you select the perfect handmade rug for you. Our
trained design professionals will answer any questions you have and if you
live in the vicinity or our showroom we will even send a design
professional out with your selection directly to your home to view your
choices with you existing home décor.
Identifying a Authentic Persian and Oriental
On the market today there are several machine made rugs that mimic the
designs of Persian and Oriental rugs, but lack the quality, durability,
workmanship and aesthetic beauty of a genuine Persian or Oriental handmade
rug. Genuine Persian and Oriental rugs take several years to create by
master weavers that have been perfecting the art throughout the
generations. To qualify as an authentic handmade Persian or Oriental rug
the rug must meet the following requirements:
o Must be hand woven
o Must of Originated from one of the following regions:
Persia (Iran), China, Afghanistan, Turkey, Tibet, Nepal, Egypt, India,
o Design and Composition follows ancestral patterns.
Handmade vs. Machine‐Made Rugs
As mentioned earlier, there are many machine made replicas of Persian and
Oriental rugs on the market today. So you may ask why buy a handmade rug?
The simple answer is quality and aesthetic beauty. But, lets get into some
• Machine made rugs do not nearly have the durability as
a handmade Persian or Oriental rug, which can last many generations. The
reason for this durability is that handmade rugs are made of natural
occurring organic materials such as silk, natural wools, and vegetable
dyes. Each handmade rug has individual knots that have been integrated
into the loom (the foundation of the rug) ensuring that it will not shed
with usage. Unlike machine‐made rugs that use synthetic material and
chemical dyes that will fade and deteriorate with age.
• Handmade rugs are one of a kind and there are no two
pieces exactly alike compared to a machine made rug that comes off an
• The beauty of a handmade rug can not be replicated by
machine made processes. This ancient art of creating a handmade rug has
been perfected over the years. Special secrete dying recipes and designs
have been passed from generation to generation.
• Handmade rugs are used as investments since their
value appreciates with age unlike a machine made rug that depreciates in
value with age.
• Handmade rugs have a history and origin dating back
thousands of years.
Identifying a Handmade Rug from
a Machine Made Rug
o Knott: Flip over the rug and if it’s a handmade rug
the loops will be clearly visible.
o Fringe: Look at the fringe if it’s sewn on therefore
it’s most likely a machine made rug. Handmade rugs on the other hand have
there fringe going down the foundation of the rug.
o Flexibility: Handmade rugs can be folded and will not
crack. Most machine made rugs will crack.
Selecting the Perfect Rug‐ The
Different Variables to Consider
Determine if you are looking for a runner (best for long hallways), round,
square, or a rectangular rug.
Determine the size you need:
When measuring your space you want to take into consideration the relation
of your furniture to the rug when determining the amount of floor you want
to cover. Once you have measured the amount of space that you wish to
cover the best method is to look at the standard sizes of handmade rugs
and see which standard rug size fits the closest. Take into consideration
that handmade rugs can be a few inches long or short in length or width
since they are not made by machine processes.
2 x 3
2 x 4
3 x 5
4 x 6
5 x 7
5 x 8
6 x 9
7 x 10
8 x 10
8 x 11
9 x 12
10 x 13
10 x 14
Any size over 10 x 15
Determine the colors you need
When choosing the colors of your handmade rug the optimal method of décor
is to choose the handmade rug first since it is one of a kind and echo the
colors in your home décor. But, this is seldom the case so therefore when
choosing the colors in your handmade rug the best method is to look at
samples from your cushions, paint, wallpaper, bedspread, and curtains and
to pick and choose the colors that you want to be echoed in the rug.
Look at the designs available in your colors and size
The designs available in Oriental and Persian rugs are unlimited do to the
uniqueness of each piece because each piece is unique these handmade rugs
are named by the city they where made in. But, we at
OrientalPersianRug.com have even simplified this process by narrowing down
these 1000s of designs into 4 categories: Contemporary, Floral, Geometric,
Make sure the materials are of utmost quality
The materials used in a Persian or Oriental Rugs determine its value and
longevity. Persian and Oriental Rugs are made of all‐natural fibers such
as wool, cotton and silk.
Wool is the most widely used and resilient material used
in Persian and Oriental rugs. But, not all wools are created equal in
these rugs. The highest quality wools are sheered once a year from the
sheep during spring time while the lesser quality wools are sheered many
times a year from the sheep so they are of lesser quality and luster.
Cotton is used usually as the foundation of handmade
rugs because it is strong, doesn’t lose its shape and can be spun into
strands thin enough to allow fine weaving.
Silk is the finest material of which a rug can be woven.
Silk can be used exclusively in the rug so therefore the rug is purely
silk or it can be used with a combination of wool where the silk outlines
Rests assure that OrientalPersianRug.com
specializes in only the highest quality materials on the market today.
When choosing the amount you want to spend for a handmade rug make sure to
determine an ideal price range that is within your budget. Also remember
price has a strong correlation with the quality, age, and materials used.
Antique and semi antique rugs are highly prized and higher grade wools and
higher percentages of silk in handmade rugs increase the value of the
piece. Also when buying a handmade rug one has to take into consideration
the difficulty of the design, the countless hours taken into knotting the
Where to Buy your Handmade Rug
Initially prior to the emergence of the Internet, rugs where exclusively
sold within furniture stores and individual retailers. The retail
experience allows one to touch and feel the rugs they are interested in
and make an immediate purchase. But, the effort involved in visiting these
stores and selecting the right rug takes time and money. Online shopping
on the other hand has made it extremely convenient to purchase a luxury
handmade rug. We at OrientalPersianRug.com are revolutionizing the
rug buying experience by giving our customers the convenients of internet
shopping with the ability to see the rugs first hand. One can visit our
website and choose the rugs that they are interested in and we will bring
them to your home so that you can see the rugs with your existing décor.
Also, if you dont live in the vicinity of our in home appointments we back
all our rugs with a 90 day guarantee so that you will find the perfect rug
for your home.
General Care of Your Handmade
Once you purchase your handmade rug from us here is some helpful hints
The Wonders of Wool
Oriental and Persian Rugs are generally made of wool and
are easily and economically maintained. Rugs of wool are extremely durable
and consistently out‐perform other materials. Unlike other fibers, wool is
much more resilient, cleans better and stays clean longer.
Your trusted professional Persian and Oriental rug cleaners will insure a
skilled cleaning that brings out the richness of color and softness of the
wool. Depending on the amount of traffic, a professional washing is
recommended every three to six years for the cleaning of your Persian and
To insure even wear, your rug should be rotated once a year. Depending on
the traffic, the rotation may vary from six months to two years.
Persian and Oriental rugs, like most rugs should be vacuumed on a regular
basis to remove dirt and restore life to the fiber. Be sure not to vacuum
A quality pad used under your rug helps protect it from dirt, wear and
slippage. We will be happy to provide you with the correct padding.
In case of damage, just about any problem has a solution with a
professional restoration. Old and antique rugs sometimes need to be
rewoven where worn and restored to life. Newer rugs rarely in need of
repair. An experienced professional must always be consulted in these