As the owner of an Oriental Rug gallery for many years, I have purchased thousands of handmade rugs. In the beginning, the process was a bit daunting and I was somewhat overwhelmed but as time passed, I learned from experience and study and now would like to share some of my insight with you today.
Important points when looking at a potential purchase of an Oriental rug.
Colours! Do you find the colours of the rug to be aesthetically pleasing? Do the colours in the rug give you a pleasant feeling of joy and happiness? If yes, this is a great start.
Quality of the materials. If the rug is wool, as most hand-woven rugs are, the first thing to note is if the wool quality is good? Good quality wool will not be dry or scratchy when touched and should be quite resilient. If you push on it, does it spring back? Hand-spun wool from healthy sheep is durable and will last for many years. If the rug is silk, it should glisten like the sun and will be cold to touch. A”fake silk”, often referred to as “art silk” will be much less expensive and not very tightly knotted. Beware of these “art silk” rugs as they are mercerized cotton and there is no silk in the rug.
Do you like the drawing? The drawing is the design layout of the rug. It can be geometric based or floral or anything in between. Is it too busy? Too flowery? If you love the colours but do not like the design, my advice is to pass on the rug. Do not purchase it. You must like both. Always honour your taste!
Will the size work for your needs? A little bigger or a little smaller should not stop you from making a purchase but if the rug in question is a totally wrong size, just let it go.
Do you love it? The more you look at the right rug, the prettier it becomes. Good quality hand-woven rugs with beautiful colours and interesting designs never stop giving. They will never become boring and as time moves on, you will enjoy them every day of your life.