Persian rugs are beautiful and a great investment; however, if you have never bought one before, it can be overwhelming, like stepping into a whole new commercial world. It also means that there are numerous pitfalls that you need to be aware of to avoid being ripped off. To help, we will cover some of these in the following post but recommend before purchasing you seek specialist advice.
You will find that there are lots of different varieties to choose from. Most are made from two distinctive knots – the Turkish and the Persian knots. Thousands of different knots are tied together side by side, and this forms a tufted pile. As a general rule of thumb, the closer they are knotted together, the higher the rug’s quality is.
There are two specific styles of rugs also, tribal and others made in cities. The difference is not a matter of quality, but instead, the difference lies in where they are made.
Workshop or Tribal
You will find that often tribal style rugs have the exact name of their tribes like Afshar, Baluchi or Bakhtiari. Compared the workshop rugs made in the cities tend to have a smoother and rounder design. Until recent times, they used to be crafted by clan or tribe members, and only during times of economic hardships were rugs sold to people outside the tribe.
City-made rugs are made with a more structured and difficult system of designs and styles and use standard colours and exact motifs. They tend to have more rounded lines with flowery patterns, than the tribal style. Weavers of city rugs are usually paid on a weekly or hourly basis. A fast and incredibly experienced weaver is able to tie around 1000 knots every hour, although a mid-sized rug will still take somewhere in the region of 18 months to complete fully.
Make Sure You Come Across as An Expert
If you are buying a Persian rug directly from someone, try not to come across as a novice. If the seller thinks you don’t know what you are looking for or talking about, he will probably try to charge more than the item is worth. However, if you act and talk like you know what you are looking for, he will be less likely to think he could.
Be Aware of Baffling Words
Following the last point above, there are words used to indicate the size, such as Dozar, Zaranim and Pushi. While the word Kabi is used to describe a rug as coarse in texture. Kurk suggests that it is of incredibly high-quality wool, just be sure to learn some of these words and many more and ensure that you are careful that you are not suckered in by everything a rug seller says. Some have been known to use phrases such as ‘Khalis Baftagi’ to describe their rugs. Which means, laughably, ‘entirely woven’.
So, if you are buying a Persian rug in person, you should keep these kinds of things in mind or take an ex[ert along with you. However, there are numerous places online that sell genuine Persian rugs.