There isn’t one single factor that makes an area rug valuable. Many times, you will hear people talk about the number of knots per square inch but this isn’t even the most important factor when an appraiser looks at it and determines a value. There are considerations when it comes to the way quality and value will be determined. While the knot size and type are one factor in determining the quality of the rug’s construction, there are others and many questions can’t be answered just by looking at the number of knots per square inch.
What Determines the Value of an Area Rug?
1. The main consideration in determining the value of a rug is the age of it relative to its condition. There is a limited number of old and one-of-a-kind handmade rugs. This is the reason this is an important consideration when a rug is appraised. If the rug is old and in good condition, it will be high in value. Even if a rug is in need of some repair or restoration, they can still hold a great deal of value and are worth the investment.
2. The country where the rug originated is another consideration when looking at new and antique rugs. There are areas and regions that are well known for their craftsmanship or the way they look during the time it was made. Some areas in Turkey have been weaving carpets for hundreds of years.
3. Another important consideration is the craftsmanship and the materials used. These will both determine the quality of construction and the aesthetic appeal of the carpet. Area rugs are typically made of wool, silk, cotton, metal threads, camel hair and goat hair. Some rugs use silks like banana silk and cactus silk. It should be known that not all wool is the same. You can see and feel the differences in the grade of wool used and the way it is spun before it is woven. Even the elevations that sheep are raised at will affect the wool and hand spun wool is softer than wool spun by a machine.
4. When it comes to natural beauty it’s better to purchase a rug that has used natural dyes instead of synthetic chromium dyes. Carpets that are dyed with natural dyes look less intense and saturated. They are more valuable because they are more complicated to make and need someone with expert knowledge than a rug dyed with synthetic dyes. With the added labor and the limited numbers of these experts, it adds value to the rug.
5. When it comes to Oriental rugs, the weaving patterns and methods have been passed down within a family from mother to daughter. Knot size is an important consideration but not as important as the density of the wool and how the knots are tied. You can test to see how durable a rug is by handling the rug. Loosely woven rugs are flimsy and won’t last as long. Look for one that is sturdier.
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