Learning about Antique Rug Weaves and Structure
What Do Antique Rug Collectors Look For in Antique Rug Weaves?
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pay considerable attention to how a given rug is woven since this is among the better indicators of where the piece was originally made, its quality, and, some times, its age.
Knot types, warp-depression, and wefting are important indicators of the various groupings and sub-groupings whose identification so preoccupies and fascinates collectors. It is important to note that there is no single quality or aspect of weave that is inherently superior to others; rather, it is often the case that different rugs will be woven with a certain weaving style based largely on the virtue of who was weaving it, where, when, and even why.
A good example of this phenomenon is the tightness of a weave: for whole tightness of weave can be an indication of quality, it is also the case that many nomadic weavings are more loosely woven – and such rugs can certainly be highly desirable, most especially to collectors, who admire tribal weaves for their authenticity and cultural importance.
A tightly woven rug that is nonetheless supple, however, will probably be an older piece of the type collectors seeks. Weave in rugs and carpets is an important facet of what makes them what they are, and offers good insight into the range of styles of fine rugs and carpets.