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How To Buy An Antique Rug Or Carpet And Not Get Swept Away

Aug 17, 2007
Antique carpets are not just floor coverings, they are works of art. They represent history in beautiful colors and add class to your home. Some even date back thousands of years and each one represents different ethnicities as well as the individual weavers.

Going into an antique carpet dealer's show room is like going into a museum. Each rug is filled with rich colors and have intricate designs woven into them. Most of the carpets that you see being offered are from Asia. When the makers of the beautiful carpets made them, they wove whole stories into them, filled with the mystery of the Orient.

There are areas that are famous for their quality of weaving, such as Agra and Kashan. Other areas that import these carpets are China, Afghanistan, India, Turkey, Persia and Caucasus. The rugs and carpets are created by hand, using techniques that are thousands of years old. They are very expensive to own, but continue to remain sought after as they lend a not only style but opulence to the home.

If you're ready to buy one, be prepared to pay a lot of money for them. These are true works of art and are priced accordingly.

Once you're ready, start your research. Head off to the library or book store and learn all you can about them. Learn about the different weaving styles and the dyes used on the wool. This way you will be able to tell the difference between true antique carpets and the synthetic copies that disreputable dealers may try to pass off on you.

Visit the galleries and art and antique dealers that sell them. Make sure that the person is reputable so they can guide you and help you make the right choice. Feel the carpets textures and study the weave designs.

Carefully scrutinize the edge and borders of the carpet. These are important indicators of value. If they are damaged or removed, the value is less than those whose edges have been well preserved. Be sure to ask about the age and origin of the carpet. The prices of the rugs can also be contributed to by the area from which it was made. Another thing to watch out for is moth holes and other damages it might have sustained.

As you begin to learn about carpets and studying them you will be able to determine if you are receiving a fair price. The price of the carpet should be attached to the rug. Beware of rugs that do not have a price tag, since this is a sign that the dealer may adjust the price as he sees fit and you could end up paying more than you should.
About the Author
Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Florida. Find more about this as well as Discount Persian Rugs at http://www.discountrugswarehouse.com
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