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 produced an abundance of local arts during the 16th century. Classic Persian carpet weaving flourished in this period (from 1499 to 1722). Shah Tahmasp (1524-76) promoted the arts and was a painter, as well as a carpet designer. [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, a rebirth in the philosophical ideals of the past. Some of the world’s greatest thinkers lived and wrote during this period such as Issac Newton, Rene Descartes, Thomas Hobbes and Galileo Galilei. But during this time philosophy wasn’t the only milieu budding with brilliance. [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

Determining the style or design for an antique rug or vintage carpet depends on various factors, but knowing the space and applying your own personal preferences will help you determine a suitable rug for your home. [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

When looking for a rug, interior  designers or decorators, offer clients a certain assurance that the décor of their home will achieve an impressive standard – that it will be appropriate, tasteful, and well integrated both within individual rooms or spaces and as a whole. To a certain extent designers determine and then follow current trends in taste, as well as their own preferences. [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

Quality of antique oriental rugs is gauged in two senses – quality of design, and quality of technique and materials. Quality of design is harder to quantify, and the standards by which it is judged may to some extent be subjective or personal. Designs that are well drawn and well spaced, those that use color effectively, and those that are unusual in some way are held to be superior,  more valuable, and therefore more expensive. [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

For the most part, the antique status of a rug is a kind of guarantee of quality and authenticity and most of the would be considered quality rugs. While some types of antique carpet were made in large quantities, they were nevertheless produced to a high standards of technique and design. In the course of the twentieth century, however, high levels of production led to a loss in standards / quality of rugs. [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

When shopping for a rug, turning a portion of it over to examine the underside is extremely important. From a diagnostic point of view, the back of the rug is the area that allows one to make out the technical aspects of the weave or “structure,” which in turn will distinguish the place of origin. The reverse side will also reveal the relative fineness of the weave if that is an issue. [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

These carefully selected pieces include 20 of the most popular, most shared, most wished for, and most viewed antique rugs on the Nazmiyal website, including some of our personal favorites. [Read More: The Best Antique Rugs]


18. Folk Art Rugs and Antique Carpets

Folk Art Rugs

Folk art, by definition, pertains to any work of art that was created by someone who is not a professionally skilled, schooled or learned artist. Unlike fine art which would have been created by a person who studied and would be considered in the mainstream as an expert artist. [Read More: Folk Art Rugs and Antique Carpets]


19. High End Antique Rugs for Consumers with Discriminating Taste

High End Antique Rugs

The Nazmiyal Collection has been specializing in high end antique rugs for more than thirty years. Our uniquely comprehensive collection of antique rugs includes some of the very finest pieces available to consumers today. Over the past three decades, we have had the privilege to work with the best, leading interior designers and decorators in the industry. [Read More: High End Antique Rugs]


20. 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]


21. Early Egyptian Coptic Textiles

Early Egyptian Coptic Textiles

Coptic Textiles are mysterious and enigmatic works of art. The fact that the origins of these desirable pieces are obscured by time makes them even more alluring and collectible. The Copts, technically Egyptian Christians, were active between the 4th and 6th centuries A.D. Based in the renowned city of Alexandria, the Copts developed a rich culture with their own language, alphabet and artistic style. [Read More: Early Egyptian Coptic Textiles]


22. Moroccan Rugs and Modern Art

Moroccan Rugs and Modern Art

Over the years there have been many artists that changed the way we look at the world and art. The same can be said about antique and vintage rugs with one significant difference: Price. Since rugs have the same artistic value and impact as fine art, why do they cost a minute fracture of the price of a painting? [Read More: Moroccan Rugs and Modern Art]


23. The Most Expensive Rug Ever Sold

The Most Expensive Rug Ever Sold

At a recent sale of Christies in London, the early Kerman vase carpet from the seventeenth century pictured here shattered all previous records for rug sales in auction, going for nearly $10,000,000, twice the existing record. High quality antique rugs and rare pieces are repeatedly commanding prices beyond market expectations? [Read More: The Most Expensive Rug Ever Sold]