If you are on the hunt for antique rugs on sale, your search for the best prices available on the internet is over. At RugSource.com, we have vintage rugs for sale at prices that are as much as 80 percent below retail and 30 to 40 percent below the prices of our direct competitors.
Tips for Buying Vintage Area Rugs
We are proud to offer antique Persian rugs for sale and antique Oriental rugs for sale because we know we provide the best value you will find online. We also know that purchasing one of our vintage Persian rugs or antique Oriental rugs is a big step for many consumers because it represents a sizeable investment. That is why we have put together some tips you can use as you’re looking for antique Persian rugs and vintage Oriental rugs.
Follow these tips whenever you are in the market for antique area rugs for your home or workspace:
1) Start with the Rug:
If possible, start with the rug when you are decorating a space. When it comes to antique Oriental rugs and vintage Persian rugs, it’s much easier to find modern fabrics that will complement a vintage rug than it is to find an antique rug that will go well with the fabric on your furniture and your window treatments.
2) Determine Size and Budget:
Before you can begin shopping for antique area rugs, you first have to determine the number of rugs you want and what sizes you want them to be. You will also need to determine how much you can comfortably afford to pay for vintage area rugs.
3) Define Age-Related Terms:
As far as antique area rugs go, the words old, antique and vintage are relative. This is because it is very difficult to accurately determine the specific year a given area rug was made. It’s also because older antique area rugs often command higher prices, since they have more inherent value due to their scarcity.
In general, an area rug is considered an antique if it is at least 50 years old. A semi-antique rug is between 30 and 99 years old. A rug is old if it is between 20 and 99 years old. A used rug is one to 10 years old. New rugs were made within the last five years. As you can see, there is plenty of crossover when it comes to the adjectives used to describe vintage Oriental rugs that have some age on them, so it is important to define what you mean by a specific term when you are talking to a dealer.
4) Inspect Color:
It was not until the 1920s that synthetic dyes were reliable enough to be used on area rugs. Before that time, vegetable dyes were used to make vintage area rugs more colorful. Compared to the decades following the 1920s, only a limited number of color options were available in previous decades and centuries. This means that if a rug has too many colors that simply are not timeworn, it may be a sign that the rug is not an antique.
5) Check Woven Dates:
Often, the dates that are woven into a rug can give you an idea of when the rug was made. It is important to remember that these dates will typically be based on the Muslim calendar, which differs from the Gregorian calendar that revolves around the solar year. Be sure you can interpret the woven dates properly to avoid overlooking a rug that is truly vintage due to a misunderstanding.
Of course, the best tip for finding vintage Persian rugs and antique Oriental rugs is to shop with a dealer you can trust. At Rug Source, we guarantee our prices are the lowest you will find online, and we stand behind the quality of our vintage rugs. For more than a decade, we have helped homeowners, businesses and interior designers find high-quality antique rugs, and we will be happy to do the same for you. Shop with us online or give us a call today.