Rug Collectors Guide

Guide For Antique Rug Collectors

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Antique Rug Collectors Guide

Antique Rug Collectors - To the untrained consumer, buying antique rugs and vintage rugs may seem daunting and intimidating. After all, there are so many different styles, so much history, and so much to know in general. Below, find an educational and informative series of articles designed to assist you in your quest for an antique Oriental rug all your own.

1. All the Criteria That a Rug Collector Should Consider

Antique Persian Rug Collectors Guide

Looking for a Rug Through Collector's Eyes, What is Desirable to Collectors?, Design, Drawing, Color, Weave and Structure, Age - How Old is a Collectible Rug?, Rarity, Trade off Among Condition, Age and Rarity, Imperfection as a Function of Cultural Authenticity, Specialized vs. Eclectic Collecting, Collecting Classic Examples vs. Unusual Rugs, What Makes a Rug Important, Following Trends or Setting Them, Restoration and Rug Cleaning, Rug Collecting and Investment. Collectors are a special breed of antique rug enthusiast. While they are motivated fundamentally by a “passion for rugs” and the world that produces them, their interest tends to be inordinately intense, knowledgeable, and idiosyncratic. [Read More: Antique Rugs Collector's Guide]


2. Consumer Guide to Buying Rugs and Carpets

Consumer Guide to Buying Rugs and Carpets

Some people buy a rug purely as a household furnishing. For them a rug is an integral piece of a larger puzzle, like a sofa, table, or a drapery. Others have what may be called a passion for rugs. They are rug enthusiasts, rug lovers. They like the very idea of rugs. They may be quite knowledgeable in terms of rug history or typology, or they may have a purely visual interest and response to the rug. [Read More: Consumer Guide to Buying Rugs]


3. City Rugs vs. Tribal Rugs

City Rugs vs. Tribal Rugs

Different people have different needs in mind when they decide that they are interested in buying antique rugs. It is important to be aware of these concerns before even beginning to look. Some people buy a rug purely as a household furnishing. For them a rug is an integral piece of a larger puzzle, like a sofa, table, or a drapery. [Read More: City Rugs vs. Tribal Rugs]


4. Safavid Rugs - Early Antique Persian Rugs

Safavid Rugs

The Safavid Dynasty ruled over Persia and oversaw a golden age in the arts during the 16th century. In particular, this era marked the creation of a variety of new designs and techniques in rug-weaving. The boon in the arts of this era was due to the patronage of the Safavid Shahs, some of whom were artists and weavers in their own rights. [Read More: Safavid Rugs - Early Antique Persian Rugs]


5. 17th Century Rugs and Early Carpets

17th Century Rugs

The 17th century marked the later years of the Renaissance in Europe, as well as the golden age of rug-making in Turkey and Persia. Trade of both rugs and ideas was common during this era, helping to incentivize the creation of these gorgeous masterpieces. [Read More: 17th Century Rugs]


6. What Size Rug Does a Room Require?

What Size Rug Does a Room Require

Many rug buyers think that the carpet should fill the room or most of it. This is not necessarily the way to go, unless the primary concern is acoustic sound absorption. If the floors are attractive, a certain amount flooring should remain exposed around the edge of the room. One or more carpets can also be used to establish different spaces or areas within a larger room. [Read More: What Size Rug Does a Room Require]


7. Styles of Antique Oriental Rugs and Carpets

Styles of Antique Rugs

With such a wide variety of rug types and designs, it may be hard to decide which rug is the right fit for your home. For this reason, it is good to have an idea of the various trends that have existed in rugmaking over the centuries. Here on some broad overviews of the different styles available, to help you get started. [Read More: Styles of Antique Rugs and Carpets]


8. What Do Designers Look for in a Rug?

What Do Designers Look for in a Rug

Designers can be helpful in determining the rug that will best complement the décor of a room. Though it is hard to generalize, designers usually make decisions based on a combination of the current trends, their own preferences and the desires of the client. Designers usually will prioritize the room’s overall look rather than the look of the rug on its own. [Read More: What Do Designers Look for in a Rug]


9. How to Determine the Value of an Antique Rug

How to Determine the Value of an Antique Rug

On the most basic level, cost or value is determined by market demand. The price of a rug will depend on how much buyers are willing to compete to acquire it. This in turn depends on the size, rarity, quality of wool, weave, and color, condition, and age, and especially on the convergence of these factors in a piece. [Read More: How to Determine the Value of an Antique Rug]


10. How to Determine the Quality of Your Rugs and Carpets

How to Determine Carpet Quality

The quality of a rug is judged by two things--the design, and the technique and materials. Judging the quality of a rug’s design can be a subjective thing, although often designs that are well-drawn or have an unusual quality will be deemed as more valuable. In terms of technique, the tightness of a weave is especially important when assessing quality, as it can determine how long a rug will last. [Read More: How to Determine the Quality of Your Rugs]


11. How Old Are My Rugs and Carpets?

How Old Are My rugs and carpets

The age of a rug is critical in determining its value, but determining age is also one of the most difficult skills to acquire for the rug enthusiast. Older rugs will show some evidence of wear. The pile may be low or worn away exposing foundation, but relatively new rugs can get worn quickly, and very old rugs can sometimes survive in good condition if they have been in the possession of thoughtful owners. [Read More: How Old Are My Rugs and Carpets]


12. Quality Handmade Rugs vs. Commercial Carpets

Quality Handmade vs. Commercial Carpets

During the twentieth century, the production of factory-made rugs began to outpace those handspun by artisans. Today, the majority of rugs are spun in mass by machines. Though this has allowed for the production of a larger number of rugs, it has also led to a loss in the average rug’s quality. In the interest of cutting costs, most commercial rugs have resorted to using inferior materials and poor weaving techniques. [Read More: Quality Handmade Rugs vs Commercial Carpets]


13. Why Should I Look at the Back of the Rug?

Why Should I Look at the Back of the Rug

The back of a rug may not seem all that interesting to a casual observer. Afterall, it is the front of the rug that is meant to be on display. To a trained eye, however, a rug’s reverse side is the source of a variety of important information to know before making a purchase. By flipping a rug over, one can glean knowledge about the rug’s origin, structure, and the fineness of the rug’s weave. [Read More: Why Should I Look at the Back of the Rug]


14. Should Investment Potential Be a Factor?

Should Investment Potential Be a Factor

Although initially financial investment or value may not be your primary motivation for buying a rug, it is worth considering. Collector and designer trends or demands can affect the value of antique rugs. Those in high demand will tend to have high prices, so following trends can he costly. Over the long term rarest and best example of antique rugs will hold their value. [Read More: Should Investment Potential Be a Factor]


15. What to Consider When Shopping for a Rug

What to Consider When Shopping for a Rug

Are you looking for a rug? Well, if you are, the chances are that you've got some questions -- and that's just what we're here for! After all, choosing the right antique rug for you and for your home can be a challenge - there are practically countless styles of antique rugs on the market today, not to mention a huge range in quality, size, and origin. [Read More: What to Consider When Shopping for a Rug]


16. 17th Century Rugs and Early Carpets

What to Consider When Shopping for a Rug

Early 17th & 18th century rugs have received yet another affirmation to their rapidly increasing demand and value. Among the many items up for auction at Christies (November 24th auction) were numerous carpets from the 17th and the 18th century. It has long been argued by people in the antique rug trade that these pieces are grossly undervalued, but now there is strong evidence that these carpets will continue to sell for increasingly larger amounts of money for years to come. [Read More: 17th Century Rugs]


17. The Best Antique Rugs

What to Consider When Shopping for a Rug

With an almost inconceivably broad variety of beautiful designs, fine materials and expert weaving, it can be hard to say exactly which antique rug is truly the best. Here we have narrowed it down to twenty rugs out of our selection, based on their popularity on the Nazmiyal website (and with some of our personal favorites mixed in). [Read More: The Best Antique Rugs]


18. Folk Art Rugs and Antique Carpets

Folk Art Rugs

If fine art is art that has been created by someone who studied art extensively and has gained recognition for their artistic skill, then folk art is its exact opposite: art created by someone who has not had any formal artistic training. Folk art rarely gathers the same range of audience as fine art does, but often exhibits a tremendous amount of raw talent. [Read More: Folk Art Rugs and Antique Carpets]


19. Antique Rugs Woven by Master Weavers

Antique Rugs by Master Weavers

Although all antique Oriental rugs hold their own unique charm and patina, some are revered as the crème de la crème because of their quality and provenance. These pieces are often woven by master weavers that are respected and known for their weaves both in quality and design. [Read More: Antique Rugs Woven by Master Weavers]


20. Early Egyptian Coptic Textiles

Early Egyptian Coptic Textiles

Coptic textiles are ancient works of art, created between the 4th and 6th century AD. The Copts were Egyptian Christians based in Alexandria. They were historically renown for their cultural contributions to the fields of language and art. Despite the remarkable age of these textiles, many examples of Coptic weaving have survived the strain of time thanks to Egypt’s arid climate. [Read More: Early Egyptian Coptic Textiles]


21. Moroccan Rugs and Modern Art

Moroccan Rugs and Modern Art

Though it is clear that rugs are works of art requiring skill and talent to create, even the most captivating of rugs are valued significantly less than paintings made by famous artists. This is despite the fact that many modern artists have drawn their ideas from the designs woven into handmade carpets. Here we have listed some images of Moroccan rugs and the paintings they have inspired. [Read More: Moroccan Rugs and Modern Art]


22. The Most Expensive Rug Ever Sold

The Most Expensive Rug Ever Sold

Following a recent sale of Christies in London, the world record for most expensive rug ever sold was broken. This designation went to an intricately designed Kerman vase carpet from the 17th century. This lovely textile went for ten million dollars, nearly twice as much as the previous record.
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