Persian rugs can cost tens of thousands of dollars and it would be a shame to purchase one that turn out to be not authentic.
There are many different types of rugs that are sold as Persian. Even some machine made rugs are sold to unsuspecting shoppers as hand-made Persian rigs.
If you want to check to see if you have an authentic Persian rug and carpet — you can give it a simple test.
Spread the pile apart and look for knots at the bottom of the pile.
* If you do see knots, the rug was most likely made by hand.
* If you do not see knots the rugs was probably and most likely machine made.
* A fringe that is sewn on instead of hand knotted is a sign of a machine made rug.
This should let you know the approximate price rage when you choose to buy a handmade Persian rug or a made made Persian rug.
Materials in Rugs – Natural materials, such as wool, cotton and silk have much greater durability than synthetic fibers. Natural fibers will never release chemical gases, as most synthetics eventually do and they are also innocent of other environmental concerns, like causing allergies and pollution.
Today, there is also great concern that wall-to-wall carpeting is filling a significant portion of all garbage dumps, whereas a Persian or Oriental rug typically becomes an heirloom and is rarely thrown away overloading .
Rug KPSI – The knots you see after spreading the pile is the Knots Per Square Inch. This is also 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.
Rug 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.
Rug Pricing – The price should be reasonable for the quality you are receiving. Until recently, a handmade area rug could be marked up many times, sometimes quite unreasonably, as it traveled from dealer to dealer. Prices should vary according to labor, materials, quality, place of origin, style, KPSI and rarity of design.
Authentic Rugs – To avoid rugs that might be sold illegally as Persian, you can obtain a Certificate of Authenticity from the dealer, or a hard copy can be mailed to you at nominal cost, to cover shipping and handling. This will validate the origin, style, materials, size, age, condition, KPSI, and estimated retail value for Insurance purposes.
This information can help you determine if the rug you a going to purchase is an authentic Persian rug and not a cheap imitation.