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How are Persian Rugs Made

Persian Rugs are timeless. They elevate any room with their unique and traditional  style. Persian Rugs are more than just a practical floor covering though, as they will last  for years if well maintained. And did you know that they can even become more  valuable as they age? How often does a home good appreciate in value? These rugs  are made differently than many other synthetic rugs you see on the market. Let’s break  down how Persian Rugs are made in a little more detail. 

Materials in a Persian Rug 

Traditionally, Persian Rugs were made entirely by hand with silk, making them  affordable only to the most exclusive members of society. Why? Because silk was a  very expensive material to purchase. Nowadays, Persian Rugs are available in a wider  area and to a wider geographic range of people due to economic improvements  worldwide. In addition, Persian Rugs can be made with several materials including  cotton, sheep’s wool, and even still occasionally, silk.  

For example, today cotton is the most common material in the base of a Persian Rug.  Wool is the more common pile material, as it can withstand daily use more effectively  than cotton. And of course, silk options create a luxurious experience unrivaled by  machine-woven rugs. 

Dyes in Persian Rugs 

Each strand, no matter which material is being used, is dyed before being knotted onto  the rug warp. In their beginning, vegetable dyes were used to color the material.  Because of their natural pigment, these colors tended to fade with age if they weren’t  treated properly.  

Now, chemical dyes are the standard as modern chemical dyes have been created to  withstand wear and tear and even last despite regular cleaning.  

The foundation of a Persian Rug 

The fundamental structure of a Persian Rug forms the foundation by which it is  created. Individual strands are knotted onto the warp, or the strands that run vertically  along the rug. In between these rows of knots is the weft, or what keeps the knots from  shifting.  

Each row of the weft is then combed and beaten down, on either side of a row of  knots, creating a tightly compacted pile that can withstand lots of wear and tear  including daily use in a modern home.  

What makes a Persian Rug special 

Persian rugs are painstakingly knotted by hand, by artisans who have spent years  honing their skills. Many times, these skills have been passed down generation by  generation, allowing you to pick out rugs from specific regional locations. Additionally,  this attention to detail and level of skill ensures the absolute highest quality rug that  money can buy. 

Rug Source has an unmatched selection of Persian Rugs for you to choose from Regardless of your room colors, sizing needs, and personal style it’s likely we have a  Persian Rug that will meet your needs. We source our Persian Rugs only from those  who follow these age-old, proven techniques and will never compromise on quality. 

If you’re looking for a Persian Rug for your home, let us know. Give us a call at  980-422-4080, visit our website selection HERE, or stop by our showroom and browse  our current selections. And of course, if you need us to look for something special for  your home, we’d be happy to help!

Turkish Rugs

Are Turkish rugs durable?

When you make any kind of purchase, you do so with the expectation that it will last. This applies to virtually every product you buy: vehicles, your home, your furniture, electronics, clothes, and of course rugs. For some, the idea of things “wearing out” over time will give them pause before making a purchase. For example, we often hear the question “Are Turkish rugs durable?”


In a word, yes, Turkish rugs are durable. Let’s look at the three reasons why this is true.


What makes a rug “Turkish”?


As you might imagine, a Turkish rug is made in the country of Turkey or regions of the world that were a part of the former Ottoman Empire. Weavers use traditional methods of weaving to create hand-woven Turkish rugs, such as a Kilim rug, which includes multiple knots in each weave.


Weaving method of a Turkish Rug


And as an extension of that, this is one of the things that makes Turkish rugs durable: the weaving method. Any machine facsimile can never compare to a hand-woven double knot style of a truly authentic Turkish rug. This is one of the methods that make a Turkish rug durable as it reinforces the pile and creates a far-sturdier final product.


The materials in a Turkish rug


Quality matters when purchasing a rug. If you’ve ever purchased a rug from a name brand, big box store, or discount warehouse, you’ve probably noticed how fast the rug breaks down. This experience is why consumers often wonder “Are Turkish rugs durable?” It’s not that they’re doubting Turkish rugs. Rather, they simply have a bad taste in their mouth from lower-grade rugs.


It’s all about the materials. Turkish rugs are made from high-end cotton, wool, and silk. Each of these can range in quality, which is why Turkish rug weavers utilize only the best materials. Turkish silk carpet weavers, for example, should be able to squeeze an astonishing 1,200 threads per inch. This creates a tightly woven, powerful yet comfortable walk-on rug that cannot be beaten.


Experience matters with Turkish Rugs


Finally, let’s look at the weavers themselves. Those who specialize in creating them know that one of the reasons Turkish rugs are durable is purely due to the weaver’s experience. As with any other trade, the more a person practices and performs their craft the better they will become at it. While apprentice weavers are by no means bad at their job, it will take them a while to fully learn and appreciate the process of weaving a Turkish rug. But once they’re ready, they’ll be able to create beautiful rugs with the best of the area’s weavers.


Construction method, materials, and the weaver’s experience are what make Turkish rugs durable

As Charlotte’s largest provider of international rugs, we believe in the importance of quality over quantity. That’s one of the reasons that help to make Turkish rugs durable. Our focus is on working with weavers who believe in traditional construction practices while maintaining a high sense of quality with each rug they create.


Ready to find the Turkish rug of your dreams? Then visit our online catalog or stop by our showroom today!

Persian Rugs

What are the different types of Persian rugs?

Did you know that, as with any other consumer product such as a car or truck, there are many different types of Persian rugs? Today, we’re going to look at each of the primary styles, what makes them similar, what makes them different, and how you can decide which is right for your home.


The 18 different types of Persian rugs


We should start by clarifying that there are technically more than 18 different types of Persian rugs. However, the ones we’ve listed below are the most popular, and therefore the main types of Persian rugs. Some are geographic-specific while others are based on the design choices of the weaver.

In no specific order, they are:


• Tabriz, high-quality carpets with a cotton or silk warp;
• Heriz, vibrant shades with oversized medallions and outlines;
• Kashan, elaborate floral designs with deep blues and ivory reds;
• Gabbeh, simple designs with a distinctive tribal influence;
• Isfahan, rugs that have a sense of harmony with lots of ivory;
• Nain, made of fine wool and including intricate motifs on light backgrounds;
• Sarouk, a compact weave with more mellow shades;
• Mashad, having a combination of floral and medallion designs;
• Baluchi, small motifs of a dynamic design;
• Qum, often featuring birds, flowers, or gardens;
• Bakhtiari, tribal in nature with strong hues;
• Bijar, heavier than the others with an overall focus on double wefts;
• Farahan, utilizing thin wool, cotton base, and relatively symmetrical design;
• Kerman, wool uses a cotton weft with lightly colored floral designs;
• Kilims, a popular design with intertwining wefts and warps;
• Malayer, containing an especially fine weave with unique patterns throughout;
• Senneh, a soft and silky rug utilizing dark blue and red hues;
• And finally, Sultanabad, having larger weaves and unique combinations of colors and patterns.


What is similar about each style?


Because each of these different types of Persian rugs falls into the same category, they naturally have similarities between them. 


For example, while the places they come from and the designs that the designers incorporate into them vary, the materials do not. Most Persian rugs will contain varying amounts of silk, cotton, and wool. Some will even include camel hair.


All Persian rugs are hand-woven and sturdy, between 3 and 6mm in thickness. And because they’re not made by a machine, no two rugs will ever be the same.


What is different about each style?

As may have been obvious from our list above, each of the different types of Persian rugs has similarities and differences. More often than not, the differences will fall into a couple of primary categories:


• Geographical or cultural influences, such as those with a tribal motif;
• Choice of color, with some focusing on darker hues and others on extremely light in color;
• The nature of the weft and weaves, including the thickness of the rug itself;
• And the overall design, with some incorporating wildlife, others with flowers, and some with distinctive geometric shapes.


How can I decide which is right for my home?


The best way to determine what type of Persian rug to buy for your home is to consider the overall design aesthetic of the room where the rug will occupy. If you like contrasts, for example, and have dark walls consider Nain or Kerman. If minimalism is your decor of choice, consider Gabbeh. Simply put, the choice will depend on your style.


Each of the different types of Persian Rugs is at Rug Source


Regardless of which of the types of Persian rugs you want to go with, we carry them all. You can visit our showroom at 7215 Smith Corners Boulevard in Charlotte or browse our online catalog here.

Oriental Rugs

What are the most popular Oriental rugs?

Many homeowners don’t think much about the specific shape of a rug. They simply know that they need one for their living or dining room and it needs to match the general aesthetic of the space. However, when you stop and think about it for a moment, “variety is the spice of life” as the saying goes. When you apply that to Oriental rugs, it means that they come in various styles and designs. Here are the top three most popular Oriental rug shapes.


Square Oriental rugs


Let’s start with square Oriental rugs. As you may remember from geometry (or life in general), for an object to be square it has to have the same length and width. For example, Instagram is known for and popularized the square photo, though as smartphone sizes have increased Instagram has gradually shifted away from square photos exclusively.


Square rugs, therefore, as one of the most popular Oriental rug shapes, will have the same length and width for all four sides. You can shift it around, and it’ll fill the same space no matter the orientation.


Rectangular Oriental rugs


Rectangular, however, has parallel sides of varying lengths. The sides that make up the length will generally be longer than the sides that make up the height. Because of this, it’s one of the most popular Oriental rug shapes. It gives the owner some flexibility as they can rotate the rug to fill a space sometimes easier than a square rug, especially as homeowners frequently put the long side of an Oriental rug alongside the long side of their sofa or couch.


Circular Oriental rugs


Finally, a less common but still one of the most popular Oriental rug shapes is circular. These can be oval (so similar to a rectangular rug) or pure circles (similar to a square rug with equal distance from the center to the edge all the way around.


Other Oriental rug shapes


In addition to these three primary types, you can also find other shapes. Some options include octagonal and runners. While the latter is technically a rectangular rug, it’s a bit different than the others we described above.


What is similar about each of the most popular Oriental rug shapes?


Each of the different types of Oriental rugs shares several similarities. These include the materials that the weaver used in the rug’s construction as well as being a hand-woven product. Naturally, they all carry cultural influences from the same geographic region, primarily Eastern Asia. And finally, the weft and weave (regardless of the shape) will be universally true.


Rug Source is your headquarters for all shapes and sizes of Oriental Rugs

Our showroom carries Oriental rugs in all shapes, sizes, styles, and designs. We have a full line-up designed to meet the needs of our customers, regardless of their chosen aesthetic. For those outside of the Charlotte area, we offer free, three-day shipping on most orders.
Ready to find your next Oriental rug? Then stop by our showroom on Smith Corners Boulevard or visit our expansive catalog online here.

Abstract Rugs

What is the history of abstract rugs?

It might sound cliche, but rugs are a very personal choice. As with the clothes we wear and the vehicles we drive, rugs reflect the personality of the owner. A rug should also blend in with its surroundings, complimenting the space while acting as a means of comfort and setting the room apart. With the rise of modern design aesthetic, so has an increased desire for abstract rugs. Are you wondering about the history of abstract rugs and how they became so popular? If so, you’ve come to the right place today!


What is an abstract rug?


Have you ever heard of an abstract painting? Most likely, your mind goes straight to Pablo Picasso, the famous abstract artist. He’s our first stop on our tour of the history of abstract rugs today.


None of Picasso’s paintings could ever be seen in real life. Perhaps they took inspiration from it in some “abstract” way (pun intended), though his pieces were far from life-like or scenic.


Abstract rugs, therefore, follow a similar design language. Whereas Oriental rugs often incorporate natural colors, wildlife, and flowers into the design, abstract rugs are completely devoid of any sense of reality.


Abstract rugs also focus on a wide variety of colors with varying hues and tones that run contrary to the design language of Persian or Turkish rugs.


When were rugs first used?


The history of abstract rugs has its roots in the history of rugs from several millennia ago. The idea of having a rug in your living quarters dates back to antiquity, with the oldest known rug currently in existence carbon dated to 500BC. Persian rugs have been around for at least 2,500 years and it’s believed that cavemen had a form of “rug” (probably animal skin) in their dwellings for comfort.


The rise of modernism and the history of abstract rugs


Fast-forward to the 1970s and the rise of modernism, which is our next stop in the history of abstract rugs. Think about some of the classic mid-century modern design: sharp angles, flat textures, and not quite natural colors. By this time, Picasso had already made his mark on the world and consumers were looking for similar styles for their homes. 


This style gave way to the ’90s more traditional look and feel, with heavier and darker woods replacing the modern, abstract nature of 1970s design choices. However, as with all types of media today, what was old yesterday is suddenly new today. Nostalgia runs hard with Generation X and Y, and a move towards the IKEA “minimalist” design speaks to that crowd.


Likewise, this gave rise to a wider embracing of the modern abstract rug. The history of abstract rugs, while it can be traced back to the Old Testament era, is really more of a
20th and early 21st-century phenomenon compared to the more traditional aesthetic of Persian, Turkish, and Oriental rugs.


From Persian to Abstract, we carry rugs of all shapes, colors, and designs


Our history as the region’s premier rug store means that there is no type or style of rug we can’t carry. If you’re looking for a Persian or Oriental rug, we can help. If Turkish is your chosen aesthetic, we have that too. 


And of course, as we’re focused on Abstract rugs today, we have a wide variety to choose from. Visit our showroom floor at 7215 Smith Corners Boulevard or browse through our online options (with free three-day shipping) here!

Persian Rugs

What Are the Most Popular Colors for Persian Rugs

Rugs from Central Asia are known for their high-quality weaving, durability, as well as their interesting designs and patterns. One particular item of note is the varying colors of a Persian rug. Often used with a specific intent to convey a thought or emotion, the most popular colors for Persian rugs will highlight the shapes and symbols present in the design. 

So what are the most popular colors for Persian rugs? Today, we’ll unpack the 9 most popular colors and what they mean.

Green 

Let’s start with green. As many people are well aware, religion and faith are extremely important to those in Eastern Asia. With many in that region practicing Islam, green is used sparingly because it has a direct connection with the Prophet Mohammad. Often, you’ll find it in areas that are rarely walked on and it symbolizes both renewed life and hope.

Red

As in other cultures across the world, red is often seen as a symbol of wealth. It’s a bold color, which takes courage to use in home decor. It also represents joy along with beauty, symbolizing our inner and outer selves.

Blue

While we won’t dive into beliefs in the afterlife today, blue often evokes this feeling of an eternal existence. It can also refer to the driving force of all things, our collective solidarity with each other.

Orange

The next four colors — orange, brown, yellow, and gold — are sequential. Let’s first look at what orange represents.

It’s been said that humility is one of the strongest aspects of the Islamic faith. Orange and humility go hand-in-hand. Think about the last time you went to a Middle Eastern Restaurant and the humble service from the wait staff. Think about the colors on the wall. If you’re picturing the color orange, it’s because this tenant is a strong component of Persian culture. 

Brown

Brown is family, or more specifically, a representation of fertility. Orange and brown blend well together, and as one of the most popular colors for Persian rugs, helps to reinforce the humility we’ve already talked about.

Yellow

And now we come to joy. Of course, if you hand a grade school child a box of crayons, and told them to draw a beautiful scene it’s likely that they’ll use yellow to draw the sun. This is inherent throughout the world, and the use of the color yellow in a Persian rug draws from our joy of experiencing sunlight.

Gold

Following up to yellow, gold represents power. It’s a subtle shift in hue, yet a tonal shift from the previous color. Gold also evokes one of the same emotions as red: wealth.

White and Black

We’re lumping both white and black together today, although they have contrasting meanings. Black is often used on the outlines of a Persian rug, representing the end. On the other hand, white on a Persian rug helps to convey purity and cleanliness.

The most popular colors for Persian rugs are at Rug Source!

While not all of the most popular colors for Persian rugs are usually in a single rug, that doesn’t mean you can’t find a color pattern or design of your choosing to match your home decor. We carry rugs in all of these colors and more. Visit our website or stop by our showroom to see our selection!

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Oriental Rugs

What are the most popular Oriental rug designs

Those who are relatively new to the world of Oriental rugs may not be able to distinguish the difference between each style right away. For some consumers, it’s a matter of “I like that style” or “That would look good in my living room.” Yet, the most popular Oriental rug designs each have a unique place, both in our showroom lineup as well as how it would fit with your existing decor.

Today, we’re going to review the most popular Oriental rug designs, looking at their differences and similarities. And then, armed with that knowledge, you can make an informed decision on which type is right for your home.

What makes a rug Oriental?

There is a song sung around the end-of-the-year holidays: We Three Kings. The opening line may be the only words most of us know: “We three Kings from Orient are.” And then something about traveling, and the words just start to trail off after that?

The three kings who are being referenced would have come from the area of the world previously known as Persia. The Achaemenid Empire took hold in the old world around 550 B.C. and lasted for about 200 years. 

Regionally, it spread from the areas we now think of as the Middle East, starting in Egypt and running north through Turkey and all the way into Western India.

Oriental rugs hail from this region, Eastern Asia. They have similar designs and influences and include three main types.

What are the main types of Oriental Rugs?

The first type of Oriental Rug is Turkish. It’s recognized for its double knot weave, heavy use of geometric patterns, and cultural influence. They often are used in Mosques and other religious buildings while also providing comfort for home-based use.

The second type is the similar yet distinctly different Persian rug. Taking its name from the entire region, Persian rugs have been around for over 2,500 years. Different from a Turkish rug in that it’s a single knot weave, they’re often more elegant in design than their counterparts and feature colors with specific meanings in mind.

Finally, we come to Moroccan rugs. These are more minimalist in nature, yet still, retain the same influence from the region including the use of symbols and colors in their single knot weave.

What are the most popular Oriental rug designs?

Within these three main styles of the most popular Oriental rug designs, you’ll find varying patterns, sizes, types of materials, and colors. The most popular Oriental rug designs are often based on the consumer, though an expert can often teach you about the specifics of each rug. 

In short, no two rugs will be the same. They’re hand weaved, high-quality, and full of intricacies that will often be hard to spot upon an initial viewing. From the placement of certain colors to the materials used in its construction, there is an Oriental rug for virtually every room and type of decor you can imagine.

Where can you find the most popular Oriental rug designs?

That’s easy: only at Rug Source! Our showroom is conveniently located at 1000 East Sugar Creek Rd in Charlotte, but you can also order online if you live outside of North Carolina. We ship for free to anywhere in the United States within 24 hours of placing your order.
Be sure to browse our expansive collection of the most popular Oriental rug designs HERE!

Read our other blog posts on Oriental Rugs:

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https://rugsource.com/how-to-identify-authentic-handmade-oriental-rugs/
https://rugsource.com/the-difference-between-oriental-and-persian-rugs/
https://rugsource.com/the-difference-between-persian-and-oriental-rugs/
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Turkish Rugs

How are Turkish Rugs Made

Turkish rugs are a popular addition to your home decor. Whether in your living room, dining areas, or even a spare bedroom, a Turkish rug makes an excellent companion piece to your existing colors and decorations. Of course, this is because they not only look incredibly stylish but they’re also made of high-quality materials. How are Turkish rugs made exactly? Today, we’re going to walk you through the process and what makes a Turkish rug stand out from the crowd.

How are Turkish Rugs Made

The materials

Of course, we first need to talk about the specific types of materials that a rug weaver will use to create a Turkish rug. The easy answer is “they use the finest materials on the market”, but let’s get specific.

First, wool is a commonly used material in a Turkish rug. Made from sheering sheep, wool is of course used in a wide variety of products, including clothing. The difference here is the quality of wool. Turkish rugs use only the highest quality wool.

Another common Turkish rug material is silk. As much of the region is near or on the old “Silk Road”, it only makes sense that the name came from somewhere. Genuine silk is unrivaled in quality which makes it a perfect option for Turkish rugs.

Finally, cotton is another popular choice for Turkish rugs. As with wool and silk, not just any cotton will do. It has to be of a grade far surpassing the cotton materials you see in an off-the-shelf shirt from your local retailer.

One final note: there is a distinct emphasis on natural dyes for color in a Turkish rug. You don’t want synthetic or artificial impurities interfering with the high-grade textiles.

The process

After procuring the right materials, the next step is to start weaving the rug. Once ready, the material of choice is rolled into a ball and then placed on a loom. The rug weaver then starts weaving the rug, creating tight knots. This process is known as the Turkish Knot, an appropriate term considering its origin. Another synonym for the Turkish Knot is double knotting or even symmetrical knotting.

Regardless of the terminology, the weaver will wrap the yarn around two sections (called “warps”), pulling it down and creating the double knot. This is different from other types of Oriental Rugs, creating a unique look and style that helps a Turkish rug stand out from its brethren.

How are Turkish Rugs Made

The style

Styles and colors will vary, depending on what design or emotion the weaver wishes to convey to the buyer. Symbols are extremely common in Turkish rugs, including eyes to help ward off evil and the Yin Yang sign to demonstrate the importance of balance in one’s life.

Other options range from fertility symbols to the ever-present Phoenix, symbolizing rebirth and renewal.

How are Turkish Rugs made?

To answer that question, it’s easy. Turkish rugs are made with love and dedication! From the materials to the process to the chosen style, each decision reflects the personality and thought process of the rug weaver.

We carry a wide range of selections of Turkish rugs in virtually every color and with designs to match your home’s decor. Visit our website to see our latest selections or stop by our showroom today!

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Oriental Rugs

How Often Should Oriental Rugs Be Cleaned?

If you’ve recently purchased an Oriental rug, you undoubtedly want to take care of it properly. After all, these beautiful rugs represent an investment. 

Regular professional cleaning is a must for anyone who wants their rug to look good and last as long as possible.

Here, we answer the common question “how often should Oriental rugs be cleaned?”

What Defines an Oriental Rug? 

Oriental rugs, as their name suggests, originated in the East. Rugs made in India, Egypt, Iran, China, Pakistan, or Afghanistan can be considered Oriental. 

What unites these rugs is the hand-knotting technique used to manufacture them. Unlike machine-made rugs, every knot in an Oriental rug has been tied by hand, according to ancient artisan tradition.

Oriental rugs often share certain visual similarities. They tend to feature ornate designs with floral motifs. They usually have a fringe border due to the way they were made. Because they use natural materials and natural dyes, earthy color palettes are common.

Purchasing an Oriental rug should be considered an investment. They’re more expensive than other kinds due to the labor that goes into their creation; however, they’re also likely to last a long time, and in fact, they could be passed down as an heirloom between generations.

How to Maintain Oriental Rugs

If you want to prolong the lifespan of your Oriental rug, then maintenance is crucial. Neglecting your rug could cause it serious damage, as could using the wrong cleaning techniques.

At home, your main responsibility is to vacuum your Oriental rug regularly. You should do this at least once a week using the upholstery attachment of your vacuum cleaner. Don’t vacuum the delicate fringe border, though. Instead, use a soft brush to remove any dust and dander.

When spills occur, act quickly and remove them using a blend of warm water, gentle dish soap, and white vinegar. Leaving a spill for too long can result in a permanent stain.

Why Do Oriental Rugs Need Professional Cleaning?

Vacuuming once a week isn’t enough to thoroughly clean your Oriental rug, though. This only removes dirt from the surface level. Over time, soil accumulates at the base, and professional cleaning is required to extract it.

Professional cleaners have the tools and techniques to do this safely, without damaging your rug or leaving moisture behind to turn into mold. 

If this dirt isn’t removed, it becomes abrasive, cutting the delicate fibers of your rug like glass every time it is stepped on. This is why professional cleaning should be considered a must, not a maybe.

Is My Oriental Rug Overdue a Professional Clean?

Visible dirt is a sign that your rug is way overdue for a professional clean.

If you’ve had your rug for a year and you haven’t cleaned it, now is the time to take it to the professionals. An annual clean (alongside your own weekly maintenance) will prolong your rug’s lifespan and keep it looking great!

Ready to buy an Oriental rug? Remember that Rug Source has an extensive collection of high-quality pieces in stock. 

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Oriental Rugs

How to Identify Oriental Rugs

When you invest in an Oriental rug, you want to ensure that the piece you purchase is authentic. Here at Rug Source, we’re the experts in identifying genuine Oriental rugs. Read on for our advice to guide your selection.

  • Make sure the rug is unique

Since Oriental rugs are hand-knotted, not machine-made, they’re very hard to replicate. If you’ve seen a rug that’s available in different sizes or it’s available to buy in bulk, this is a red flag.

Your Oriental rug should be a unique piece. This individuality is a big part of its attraction. If there are multiple identical rugs available, it’s unlikely that they’ve been made according to tradition.

  • A lack of symmetry is a sign of quality

    If you’re shopping by modern standards, you might see a lack of symmetry as a “flaw” in a rug. However, when it comes to Oriental rugs, it’s a good sign that they are authentic.

    When a rug is handmade, its design will always be somewhat uneven. It’s almost impossible for a human being to create a perfectly mirrored design. Machines can achieve this, though.

    Look for irregularities and imperfections before you buy an Oriental rug if you care that it’s genuine.
  • The fringe should be a continuation of the rug

    Oriental rugs can be identified by their fringe borders; however, some machine-made rugs now have sewn-on fringe borders in an attempt to replicate their iconic look.

    The best way to determine if yours is real or machine-made is to check the back. If the fringe is formed from the end of the warp yarns, making it an integral element of the rug, then this is an authentic Oriental rug.
  • Check the structure of the knots

    On the underside of a genuine Oriental rug, you’ll be able to see how the individual knots have been formed. From this detail, you can determine the method that was used to create the rug and whether this reflects the ancient artisan tradition of Oriental rugs.

    Again, look for the irregularities that confirm your rug was made by hand. If it looks completely regular, as though it was made by a machine, then it probably was!
  • Verify the materials used

    Traditional Oriental rugs use natural materials exclusively. You can expect them to be made from wool, cotton, or even silk, if they’re very high quality.

    Although machine-made rugs can also use natural materials, they usually incorporate synthetic fibers to some degree. This is usually the case on the back of the rug. If the reverse of a rug is synthetic, this shows it was made industrially and not by artisans.
  • Measure the thickness of the pile

    The thickness of an Oriental rug is also an indicator of its authenticity and value. Because we often think of a thick pile as luxurious, you may be surprised to learn that thinner hand-knotted rugs are considered higher quality. This is because these rugs require greater skill to manufacture.

Of course, the best way to ensure your Oriental rug is authentic is to buy it from a reputable vendor. You can count on Rug Source’s collection for genuine Oriental rugs.

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