What Collectors Look for in Rugs?

It is obvious that the carpet industry is one of the largest and oldest industries in the world. In some culture rugs and carpets are indispensable items, so it is likely to say that the industry of rug started with them.

While rugs are important items in particular some culture, they are also known all over the world, and we know that there are lots of people who have passion for rugs all around the world. Because of the existing of people who into rugs, they have been an item for collectors for centuries.

Christopher Meloni, Sigmund Freud and Howard Hesseman are just a few of rug collectors. Because rugs are an investment item for collectors, they literally see rugs differently from other people. So, what collectors look for in rugs?


1. Is It a Naturally Dyed Rug?

The color of rug is critical for collectors, they are obsess with naturally dyed rugs. Before 1860, whether carpets be village, workshop, or urban they would have been dyed with color which produce from plants and insects.

Synthetic dyes began to used in around 1860, and most of collectors marks that date as a cutoff point between what rug is collectible and what is not.


Some of colors are rare than others and they are actively sought, such as Tyrain purple, saffron yellow and cochineal rose. Antique rugs also have a captivating shading within a particular color which is called ‘abrash’, and according to collectors it is not a defect, just the opposite they consider  it as a sign that it is a naturally dyed rug.


2. Where It Came From?

Some collectors want to create a collection only on rugs which are from a certain region. How lucky they are that rugs mostly reveal where they came from.

Most rugs are even classified according to the environment in which they were woven. So, the collectors can decide whether the carpet being presented to them is royal, tribal, village, town, or ziegler carpet, and make their choice accordingly.


3. What Condition is the Rug in?

When we take into consideration that antique rugs and carpets are made a long time ago, we can comprehend that they require a certain amount of care and attention.

On the contrary antique American furniture, which a tiny amount of damage can affect the value of furniture adversely, there is an admissible level of critical restoration of rugs. 

But what the collectors look for about that is if a rug has been restored too much, or restored a poor standard, this can have a negative impact on the value of rugs. Chemical washing, extreme sun-fading, or a reduction in size are all things to look out for.


4. How Old is the Rug?

Maybe the most critical thing while determining the value of rug is its age, but determining age is also one of the hardest ability to develop for the rug enthusiast.

Older rugs might show some proof of wear, but it doesn’t mean that is a definitely an old rug, maybe it include wears because it didn’t well-tended. Before the purchase, collectors make a comprehensive research about the rug they tend to buy in order to avoid this mistake.


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