Choosing An Antique Rug

Buying an antique rug can bring warmth and sophistication to your home. Some people use them for everyday use, while others consider them apiece of art. Antique rugs, like any antique piece, are an investment; a well cared for antique will gain in value. They come in a range of styles that compliment many different decors. Persian rugs are a symbol of status, found in the homes of the very wealthy. Since there are so many varieties out there, it can be overwhelming buying your first antique rug. We put together a simple guide to help you pick out this timeless treasure.
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First and foremost, it is important to know what you’re looking for. A rug that is 100 or more years old is considered to be antique. Early antique rugs were hand crafted using natural materials like silk, sheep’s wood and cotton. Older pieces, up to around 1900 used vegetable dye, which gives you a variation of color throughout the rug. Some popular and sought after rugs are the White Kashans and Persian Qum rugs. 
 Antique Persian Mohtashem Kashan Carpet
Here are some other popular rug types: 
Ashfar Rug 
Baluch Rug
This nomadic group craft carpet was produced in the 1920’s
Qashqui Rug
 Qashqui Rug
Antique rugs generally have intricate patterns and are distinguishable through its weft threads. The antique Turkish rug had red weft threads. Some common weaving techniques were Kilim, Dhurry and Sumakhs.
Kilim is the oldest and most common variety of flat weave and literally means, “Double faced”. When completed both sides of carpet have the same design on it.
 Vintage Mut Kilim
Vintage Mut Kilim

Dhurry is a tightly woven, flat weave made of cotton or wool from India and Afghanistan.

Antique Dhurrie
Sumakhs only have decoration on one side of carpet.

 Teppich Nomaden kasak sumakh kelim afghan Beloch kilim

Teppich Nomaden kasak sumakh kelim afghan Beloch kilim

Now that you have a good idea of the different types of antique rugs, it is vital you know how to care for them. Keep out of direct sunlight as it can fade the natural dyes. Experts suggest avoiding steam cleaner or eclectic vacuums, instead remove dust with a carpet sweeper.

An antique rug can be a beautiful addition to any home. It is an investment and should fit your home to last for generations. Shop around, don’t settle on the first rug you lay your eyes on.

Karly xx