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What do antique rug collectors look for?

Antique Rug Collectors – Each antique rug collector values slightly different qualities and aesthetics in vintage and antique rugs, so generalizing as to what will please them all is a difficult, if not impossible, task. Still, a few general motives and goals that many antique rug collectors share rise to the forefront.

Antique rug collectors of all specialties and interests tend to collect rugs that can be termed “culturally authentic.” This means pieces that were not specifically intended for the Western market from the late 1800’s onward. Rather, collectors want pieces that either predate this period or were intended for the specific use of a non-Western culture.

Rugs that seem for one reason or another to have been produced for local use by the weavers rather than for export or commerce are currently “hot” among collectors. Those that seem to be unusual are more desirable than types that are represented by numerous examples.

Rugs that appear to be influential, which represent the beginning of a new development or type are deemed “important” and are therefore highly desirable. Collectors compete especially fiercely for such pieces when they are “fresh” or new to the market. Age and rarity matter considerably, especially insofar as they affect or intersect with these other issues.

Collecting rugs – below we have put together articles and information about collecting rugs.

If you are looking to learn about antique rugs the you should view our: Comprehensive Guide to Antique Rugs and Carpets. This guide covers a wide range of topics and discusses many of the different facets that pertain to this beautiful textile art form.


1. Collection Antique Kilims of the Caucasus and Persia

Collection Antique Kilims of the Caucasus and Persia

Collection Kilims – Nineteenth century kilims with allover shield medallion designs are not uncommon, though some examples are simpler than others. More graphic patterning identifies Northwest Persian kilims, which are more tribal. This identification is also supported by the reciprocal diamond border, which is distinctly Persian. [Read More: Collection Antique Kilims of the Caucasus and Persia]


2. International Conference on Oriental Carpets (ICOC)

International Conference on Oriental Carpets (ICOC)

Fewer European cities command the historical importance and romance of the Turkish capital. In 2007, when the International Conference on Oriental Carpets (ICOC) held its annual conference, it chose Istanbul, Turkey to be the meeting place. This beautiful and ancient European city has a more than 500-year-long history of fine carpet commerce and production. [Read More: International Conference on Oriental Carpets (ICOC)]


3. Nazmiyal Acquires Centennial Quilt From Andy Warhol

Nazmiyal Acquires Centennial Quilt From Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol is widely regarded as one of the finest American pop artists, and his unexpected death on the surgeon’s table in 1987 took the art world by surprise. His gall bladder surgery was expected to be routine. The artist’s personal art collections were offered at auction by Sotheby’s in New York City in April-May 1988. It was at this time that Nazmiyal acquired the highly collectible quilt. [Read More: Nazmiyal Acquires Centennial Quilt From Andy Warhol]


4. Imperfections in Antique Rugs vs Intentions

Could Imperfections in Antique Rugs by Intentional?

Whether a particular quality of an antique rug was done unintentionally and represents an imperfection vs. whether the aspect was created intentionally is one of the more challenging and ultimately subjective areas of judging vintage and antique rugs. [Read More: Could Imperfections in Antique Rugs by Intentional?]


5. Guide to Antique Rug Collecting

Guide to Antique Rug Collecting and Investing in Antique Carpets

As a finite commodity antique rugs have an intrinsic value which generally appreciates over time. [Read More: Guide to Antique Rug Collecting and Investing in Antique Carpets]


6. Antique Rug Weaves and Structure

Learning about Antique Rug Weaves and Structure

Weave is one of the more important aspects to consider in a rug. Antique rug collectors pay a lot of attention to the weave of a given rug since they know this is an important clue into the rug’s quality, place of origin, and sometimes the age of the rug. [Read More: Learning about Antique Rug Weaves and Structure]