Rugs have been around for more than 3000 years; so buying an authentic rug can be rather difficult without some knowledge and these tips to help you.
Before you actually start looking for your rug, it is better to learn some terms that help identify the different parts of a rug. The
background of the rug is called the field while a round or diamond
shaped motif in the middle of the rug is called a central medallion. If
you plan to asymmetrically arrange your furniture on the rug, its better
buying a rug with an all-over design.
Measure your room and rug space
It is also important that you measure the rug space and the room
dimensions so that you don't end up buying a rug that is too big for
Look for both sophistication in its design and the manner the rug's
design was designed. If you find that the rug doesn't have any sheen or
polish, it means the rug isn't of a good quality.
Take a look at knots
Another tip for choosing the right rug to buy is to take a look at the
kind of knots in it. While some rugs have about 30 knots in an inch,
others have as many as 290 knots per inch, which produces an extremely
fine and intricate design on the rug. Rugs with fine knots have
aesthetic designs on it.
While choosing rugs, you also have to decide if you want to buy a rug
with a modern design or a rug with ancient designs like Persian designs.
It is always better to decide based on the interiors of the room where
you plan to place the rug. No point in buying a rug with ancient designs
if you have modern interior decor in the room.
New rugs are not investments
Take a look at various rugs till you finally reach a few favorite
options. The new rugs are generally sold by the square foot while
antique ones are sold by piece. New rugs are considered investments as
you can easily find similar types in the future. New rugs should be
bought only for its decorative value and usefulness and only old rugs as
Never buy a rug till you fall in love with it after carefully examining
it. Though bright colored rugs may look attractive at first, they may
not seem so appealing after some time and may reduce the rug's value if
you plan to sell it in the future.
Buy from a reputed dealer
Most dealers will let you take your rug and try it at home for a day or
two as the lighting and character of your room can affect the rug's
look. Buy the rug only if you are happy with its result in both daylight
and at night.
Last, but not least, make sure you buy your rug from a reputed and
reliable dealer. You know the best dealers as they readily show samples
of all the types of rugs they have and will happily give suggestions to
help you buy a rug of your budget and needs. Don't buy rugs at customs
auctions and closing down sales as if the rates of these rugs seem too
good to be true, it usually is.