Antique Area Rugs
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 Antique 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 for Vintage Rugs:
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 Rug 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 Vintage Rug 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.
Heriz Rugs: Captivating Geometric Designs and Bold Colors
Antique Heriz carpets are woven in village and towns in the East Azerbaijan region in the mountainout area around Tabriz in the northwest of Iran. The style is named after Heriz, the largest of these towns.
Traditional Heriz carpets feature distinctive large-scale motifs and a wide palette of warm colors, making the antique Heriz rug one of the most highly coveted Persian village carpet styles. Many Heriz carpets show the colors and design influence of Caucasian rugs due to the proximity of Heriz to that region. Persian Heriz rugs are instantly recognizable for their bold blues and rust red colors, with pinks, yellows, greens and ivory for contrast.
Unlike more traditional Persian rug styles such as the Kashan rug, which flowing, curvilinear arabesques and scrolls, Heriz Persian rugs are known for their rectilinear designs. The merchants of Tabriz sought to combine the elegance of traditional Persian carpets with the tribal charm of village weaving. Weavers adapted the geometric weave to create the signature Heriz style, typified by the classic “diamond on a square” medallion motif popularized in the late nineteenth century. In most traditional Heriz rugs, the design elements are outlined by two lines of contrasting colors.
The Abrash Color Technique is a Hallmark of Heriz Carpets
Modern Heriz rugs are often dyed using chemicals, antique Heriz rug makers were masters of vegetable dyeing. Vegetable dyes acquire a marvelous patina as they age. As is the case with Kashan rugs, Heriz rugs often feature a color technique called abrash, which varies the color from one end of the rug to the other through color shading or tone shifting. Heriz antique rugs, creates remarkable strength and depth of color and design.
The best antique Heriz rugs are woven with wool from the Shahsavan, a nomadic tribe residing in the Elbrus Mountains. Later, wool high in lanolin was imported from Tabriz.
A Heriz Persian rug is loosely knotted upon a thick, sturdy cotton foundation. The knots are tightly packed, giving the rug impressive durability.
Serapi Rugs and Gorevan Rugs Echo the Weaving Tradition of Northwest Persia
Popular variations of the Heriz rug are the Serapi and Gorevan styles. Heriz Serapi rugs, typically made before the 1900s, feature a finer a weave and curvier design. Gorevan rugs are known for their coarser grades. These carpet styles were originally developed in the town and villages neighboring Heriz, though today their names are used as a measure of a rug’s quality. In the United States, the best quality Heriz rugs are called Serapi carpets.