Tips on Shopping for Genuine Oriental Rugs


Oriental Rugs in CtFor centuries, westerners have been fascinated by the colors, patterns and textures of Oriental Rugs. These fine, hand woven works of art have been a must in practically every fine home in Europe and the Americas, where they became a symbol of both excellent taste and wealth. That because for many centuries, they were a luxury item only few could afford.

In today’s global economy, however, quality oriental rugs can be found at more affordable prices while remaining an excellent investment. The problem with that is that, unless you know the basics about oriental rugs, or work with a reputable, knowledgeable consultant and trader,  you can be easily tricked into purchasing an inferior product, sometimes for the price of a legitimate one.

What are Oriental Rugs?
Many furniture, carpeting, department and home improvement stores, call Oriental Rugs every kind of carpet that has a pattern resembling that of an genuine rug.  Some call oriental rugs, every carpet produced imported from Eastern countries, regardless of whether they are hand or machine woven.  Some call oriental rugs, every type of handwoven carpet produced in the eastern. That kind of confusion can be very misleading.

Genuine oriental rugs are indeed, handwoven and produced in several Middle Eastern and Eastern countries but they have one very specific characteristic that sets them apart from all the other products mistakenly given that name: they are hand knoted, not tufted, and they are made with natural materials and dyes, rather than nylon, polypropilene and synthetic dyes.

Where do Oriental Rugs come From?
Oriental rugs are produced mainly in Afghanistan, China, India, Iran, Nepal, Tibet, Pakistan, The Caucasus, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Turkey. However, not every carpet produced in these countries are classified as legitimate Oriental Rugs.  Legitimate pieces are hand knoted, not hand tufted.

How can you tell the difference between a genuine rug and an inferior product?

There are basically two “tell-tale” signs of a fake rug:

  • Fabric lined back: A hand tufted rug has a fabric liner glued to the back of the carpet. Because the yarn is not knoted over warps, the only thing holding that pile in place is the usually inexpensive latex glue, which tends to deteriorate and become brittle over time, causing the carpet to shed yarn. Hand tufted carpets are also usually made with inferior materials and are no more valuable in the market than machine made rugs.
  • Glued or sewn on fringe: Hand knoted carpets have a fringe formed by the end of the warp strings running from one end of the rug to the other. Hand tufted rugs have no fringe so a separate one (usually woven as a tape) is often glued or sewn to the piece.

If you are shopping for Oriental Rugs in Connecticut, Simjian Rugs, a trusted CTHDA member can help you. With an inventory comprised only of the finest pieces and the exclusive home consultation service, Simjian Rugs gives Connecticut homeowners an unique shopping experience: the opportunity to visualize a selection of area rugs in the privacy of their own homes.

Contact them today to schedule your in-home consultation.

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