Antique oriental rug history and value?

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What’s the best way to learn the history and possible value of a large, 13′ x 26′ oriental rug? A friend is thinking about selling hers, and she wonders how to go about this without getting ripped off by a used car(pet) salesman. The rug was made sometime before 1890, probably.
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Also, has anyone ever had a valuable rug cleaned? Could such a rug be ruined if cleaned improperly?

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5 Responses to “Antique oriental rug history and value?”

  1. Jahann and Sons Persian Rugs says:

    The pictures that you have posted won’t help that much in determining the type of rug that your friend has. If you could please take a close-up photo of the back of the rug where the pile meets the fringe, and post or email that, it would be especially helpful. A picture of the binding of the rug will tell a lot as well. Being able to see the weave of this rug is key. Your friend is going to have a heck of a time selling a rug like this, not because it isn’t beautiful, but because the size really limits your buyer. A rug dealer that purchases this from you could very well have it sit in inventory for years before a customer would buy it. This would probably be the reason why a reputable rug dealer would offer you a low price. That, and the economy and market for this type of rug aren’t stellar right now.

    If it is possible to sell this rug as-is, you’d be better off, as cleaning may reveal stains, moth damage or other things that may make this rug show poorly. Also, Oriental rug cleaning is generally $2-3 per square foot, and with that large a size rug, the cleaning would take a huge bite out of your profit. This rug, while I don’t believe it is 1890s, looks as though it could be circa 1930s or so and is probably a Persian Tabriz (please email me better photos if you want more specific and accurate info). It is definitely something of value, and should not be steam or dry cleaned. It needs to be washed by someone with Oriental rug experience, if in fact you opt to have it cleaned.

    I hope this information is helpful. If you would like further clarification, please feel free to email me: ruglady@jahannandsons.com. If you’re in the Washington, DC area, please feel free to stop by our shop.

  2. Andrina says:

    the best way to learn the history and possible value of a large Rugs ask to
    Rug Store

    http://www.rugstoreonline.co.uk

  3. meanolmaw says:

    that’s a lovely rug!…it has earmarks of being museum quality…and that’s who I’d have look at it…. not a carpet salesman, not an antique dealer… and no to cleaning it… some dyes can run and ruin it….

    not like yours, but here’s what you could be playing with….

    http://cgi.ebay.com/MONUMENTAL-12'X20‘,-1890’s-PERSIAN-BIJAR-PALACE-CARPET_W0QQitemZ290398698657QQcmdZViewItemQQimsxZ20100208?IMSfp=TL100208185009r1307

    http://cgi.ebay.com/11-0x8-0-ANTIQUE-HANDMADE-PERSIAN-TABRIZ-RUG-CIRCA-1890_W0QQitemZ380199821322QQcmdZViewItemQQptZRugs?hash=item5885ace00a

    so, you really don’t want to make any mistakes with this…!!!

    some helpful hints for making your own assumptions first..

    http://www.rugs-oriental.net/

    there’s a rug cleaning service here, too…

    http://www.google.com/search?q=1890+Persian+carpet+value&rls=com.microsoft:en-us&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&startIndex=&startPage=1

  4. chelleb says:

    Go to Old and Sold on the computer.

  5. Louis says:

    The History of Oriental Rugs

    The exact date of the origin of weaving of rugs is not known but it is estimated that weaving as we know it today evolved in Egypt and central Asia around second millennium B.C. The earliest known pile rug was found in a Scythian burial site in outer Mongolia and has been dated back to the fifth century B.C. By this time, the art of rug making had already attained a highly skillful level. Oriental rugs are frequently depicted in icons and paintings of both the western world as well as the oriental miniatures.
    The art of oriental rug making reached its pinnacle under the Safavid Empire of Central Asia in the 17th century, from where these reached to Europe via the Silk Route and newly discovered sea trading routes. These rugs were greatly prized by the rich and the aristocrats, who were the ones who could afford them, usually as hangings and table covers. With the rise of the middle class with the industrial revolution, the oriental rugs reached the common masses of Europe and America by the mid 19th Century leading to a renewed interest in the oriental rugs.
    In this century the needs of the foreign buyer have become a big influence on the rug industry in the near east with most oriental rugs now being woven in commercial establishment of factory proportions

    What Is an Oriental Rug

    Perhaps the only thing that all real Oriental rugs have in common is that they are woven by hand. Oriental pile rugs are constructed by first stringing warp threads, which will run the length of the finished rug, onto a loom. Weavers often choose cotton for the warps, particularly for larger carpets; because it stretches less than wool, cotton can be strung on the loom more easily and evenly. Some areas traditionally use wool to produce their warps, however, which is generally satisfactory. The number of warps per inch of width largely determines the fineness of the rug. The rug is started by passing wefts through the warps to produce a grid-like fabric called a flat weave that stabilizes the end of the rug. The weavers create the pile of the rug by tying pile knots around adjacent pairs of warp threads across the width of the rug.

    Two types of knots are used: the symmetric (or Turkish) knot and the asymmetric (Persian) knot.

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