Antique Rugs

Antiques are more than fragile trinkets that accumulate in antique stores collecting dust. Antiques are an amazing little window into the past and give a glimpse of what things were like long ago. 

Some antique rugs will sell for thousands, while a select few will sell for millions. The most expensive rug sold to date is the Sotheby’s 17th Century Antique Persian Carpet, and it was sold for 33 Million dollars to an unknown buyer. It is thought that someone from the Middle East purchased this rug for a museum, which would be a fantastic place for this rug. 

People are willing to spend this kind of money on them because of the craftsmanship and the history that is woven into each rug. Antiques have a special place in our hearts, and antique rugs are no different. 

Oldest Rug in the World

The oldest known rug in the world is the Pazyrk Rug. It is a hand-knotted oriental rug that is loaded with ancient knowledge woven into each symbol on the rug. It is dated to be about 2,500 years old. 

The Pazyrk Rug shows some amazing craftsmanship and detail, especially considering how long ago it was made. The process of rug making was around long before. It’s estimated that rugs started being produced about 4,000 years ago. How incredible is that? Some of the same techniques are still used today.

The Pazyrk Rug was found around 1948 in the Altai Mountains in Siberia at a burial site of what many experts believe to be the prince of Altai. It is assumed this rug was made for the prince to be buried with. Sometime after he was buried, his grave was robbed, and all the treasures were taken except for the rug. When the robbers left, the grave wasn’t properly sealed, which allowed for the cold hard weather to take over the grave. 

There are many pictures of this rug that you can find, but if you would like to take a trip to the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, Russia, you will find the Pazyrk Rug there. Since this is the second-largest art museum in the world, it’s an excellent place for such an incredible piece of art.  

Rug Ages

For antique rugs to exist, they need to have been made a long time ago. You aren’t going to be owning a rug that is thousands of years old, but what qualifies as an antique rug? Rug experts are incredibly knowledgeable about rugs. They will look at every detail carefully, and to rug experts, a rug isn’t just a rug. They see the history and the beauty that is woven into it. If you are interested in how rug experts determine the classification of rugs, there are a few ways they do it. 

Here is the breakdown of rugs and their ages. 

  • New. Any rug that has been made within the last five years
  • Used. Any rug that has been made within the last ten years
  • Semi-Old. Rugs that are between 10-50 years old. 
  • Old. Rugs between 20-99 years. 
  • Semi-Antique. Any rug that is 30-99 years. 
  • Antique. All rugs that are older than 50 years. 

There is quite a bit of overlap between the ranges, and this is for a variety of reasons. The age of the rug isn’t the only thing that is used to determine if a rug is considered an antique or not. 

Color Used

The colors and dyes that were used to create those colors play an important role in dating rugs. Rug makers from years ago only had access to natural dyes, unlike the chemical dyes that are used today. The dye that is used is a big clue on the age of the rug. 

Rug experts are very knowledgeable about how different dyes were created and what they look like in rugs. They can tell the difference between natural dyes and chemical dyes easily. 

Weaving Style Used

Weaving styles change from country to country as well as just change over time. Weaving style is another way that experts can tell the age of a rug. 

Rug experts look closely at the weaving style used because it’s like a signature to the past. You might not be able to notice much of a difference in weaving style, but there are many different ways that rugs are made. Rug experts know what to look for and know how the style of rug helps determine the age. 

Antique Rugs in Your House

There has been a big trend in recent years to have many more handmade pieces in the home. It just adds some extra comfort that store-bought pieces can’t provide. Handmade antique rugs are no different. Not only will they add elegance and class to your home, but the handmade aspect will also take your space to the next level.

Antique rugs can take you on a wonderful journey around the world without actually having to go anywhere. Each country that makes rugs is so unique, even if similar styles are used. The patterns, designs, symbols, and colors that are used make each rug so spectacular and unique. You can make your living room feel like an exotic escape to another time and place. 

You can add your life to the history of a rug by purchasing an antique rug. Quality rugs have a lot of life left in them, and it’s incredible to know that you can be a part of the history of the rug.

Rugs have a timeless and classic look that can be paired with a variety of home decor. If you are worried that it won’t match your look, then have no fear. They haven’t gone out of style for thousands of years, and probably won’t be going out of style anytime soon. 

At Rug Source, we have one of a kind antique rugs that will suit your needs. While antique rugs are expensive, we strive to provide wholesale prices, which helps allow everyone to bring in handmade rugs to their homes. We would love to help you find one-of-a-kind antiques for your house because we know the beauty, treasure, and richness it can bring to your home.