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What do antique rug collectors look for?

Antique Rug Collectors – Given the highly particular and personal nature of antique rug collecting, it is difficult to characterize what collectors strive for in general terms. Nevertheless, there are certain goals or motives that many collectors seem to share.

Whatever type of rug they may specialize in, antique rug collectors tend to strive for works that are “culturally authentic.” They look for piece that predate or at least do not reflect the reorientation of production toward western consumption in the later nineteenth century.

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)

The annual meeting of the International Conference on Oriental Carpets / ICOC is always an exciting event, but when it is held in Istanbul (as was the case in 2007) it becomes even more so. Istanbul is one of the most exotic and romantic cities in Europe as well as a center of carpet production and commerce for the past five hundred years or more. [Read More: International Conference on Oriental Carpets (ICOC)]


3. Nazmiyal Acquires Centennial Quilt From Andy Warhol

Nazmiyal Acquires Centennial Quilt From Andy Warhol

The sudden and untimely death of Andy Warhol in 1987 after routine gall bladder surgery was a shock to the modern art world. His personal collections were auctioned at Sotheby’s, New York, during a ten-day event from April 23 to May 3, 1988. [Read More: Nazmiyal Acquires Centennial Quilt From Andy Warhol]


4. Imperfections in Antique Rugs vs Intentions

Could Imperfections in Antique Rugs by Intentional?

Imperfections in Antique Rugs – One of the the more subjective aspects of judging an antique rug have to do with assessing its quality and its imperfections. [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

One of the most important aspects of an antique rug is its weave. Antique rug collectors pay considerable attention to how a given rug is woven since this is among the better indicators of where the piece was originally made, its quality, and, some times, its age. [Read More: Learning about Antique Rug Weaves and Structure]