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Guide To Rug Buying

So you are interested in buying Persian and Oriental area rugs for your HOME, but are not sure what to look for? This guide is intended to be a quick and helpful introduction for the new rug buyer, though there may be MORE profound considerations that an expert would add to this list.

MATERIALS - Natural materials, such as wool, cotton and silk have much greater durability than synthetics. They will never release chemical gases, as most synthetics eventually do, and are also innocent of other environmental concerns, like causing allergies, pollution, etc.  Wool and cotton are used in the production of most handmade PERSIAN RUGS, and although fine antique wool is known to be a collectors choice, silk is the most rare of materials and the preferred choice of  royalty historically.

KPSI - Knots per square inch is a good indication of the quality and value of a fine carpet, the higher the number the better the rug. It takes experienced fingers to make that many very small knots.

IMPERFECTIONS - It is often said that Persian rugs are ‘perfectly imperfect’. Slight inconsistencies are the proof that a rug was not made by machine. Even if a rug is coming out perfectly, the weaver will usually make an intentional mistake, in line with the belief that only the Supreme Being can make something that is perfect.

ABRASH - Many Persian area rugs have slight differences of color and tone in large color fields. These striations, sometimes even of a totally different color, is the definite proof of one thing: this rug was made by hand. This ‘abrash’ can be caused by nomadic changes-of-residence, and the weaver’s decision to complete the rug at his new location. Waiting for another ‘crop’ of wool from his sheep can take the longest. Then finding local flora to make more dye is the always-uncertain element. Inevitably there is a minor or major difference, but this is the inherent charm that these rugs display, by bringing us closer to the daily struggles of these primitive nomads. Of course, some slightly more sophisticated weavers sometimes add ‘a touch of abrash’ to increase the apparent age of a tribal or city rug. This adds to the charm and authenticity of your hand-made work of ART.

PRICE - The price should be reasonable for the quality you are receiving.  A handmade rug could be marked up many times, sometimes quite unreasonably, as it travels from dealer to dealer. Prices should vary according to labor, materials, quality, place of origin, age, style, kpsi, and rarity of design or color.  Tousi Rugs is a direct importer and producer of  Persian rugs, by avoiding all middle men you are practically buying the rug right off the loom!
AUTHENTICITY - To avoid rugs that might be sold illegally as Persian, you can obtain a Certificate of Authenticity at Tousi Rugs. This will validate the origin, type, materials, size, age, kpsi, and estimated retail value for Insurance purposes.