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
Follow these tips whenever you are in the market for antique area rugs for your home or
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.
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
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.
Kashan Rugs: A Tribute to the Safavid Dynasty of the Persian Empire
Kashan rugs are an export from one of Iran’s oldest cities, Kashan, dating back to the 17th century or late 16th century. Kashan was a hub of silk production beginning with the Safavid dynasty, a golden age of Persian weaving under the reign of Shah Abbas.
Contemporary Kashan rug sales began toward the end of the 19th century, when Kashan merchants hoped to replicate the success of weaving shops in Tabriz to the north. During this era, many antique Kashan rugs were commissioned for individual homes. The best Kashan carpets of the 19th-century and turn of the 20th century are formal, traditional and luxurious.
The warp and weft of Kashan rugs are usually made of cotton with the traditional asymmetrical Persian know. The thin double weft is often woven between 120 knots per square inch and 840 knots per square inch. The finished texture of Kashan rugs is soft to the touch. The best Kashan carpets use a superior quality of wool that sometimes has silk mixed in.
An antique Kashan rug was colored with vegetable dyes, which contribute to their unique texture, but
modern Kashan rugs (from the 1930s) use contemporary chrome dyes.
The highly sought after curvilinear designs of Kashan weaving was popularized by Kashan weavers in the early 1900s. The Kashan rug typically centers around a teardrop medallion, though intricately detailed motifs like palmettos, blossoms, leaves and arabesques are common, as well. The “Royal Garden” of Kashan is the source of a notable garden motif that is the archetype of Persian carpet designs. Another inspiration for many Kashan carpets is the “Garden of Paradise.”
Pakistani Kashan Rugs
When the Mogul empire spread through Iran to the Indian subcontinent, the work of Persian weavers was carried to modern day Pakistan. The city of Lahore today produces the vast majority of modern Pakistani Kashan rugs.
Like their Iranian forebears, Pakistani Kashans use a wool pile on a cotton base. Mogul Kashan rugs use the Senneh knot, an asymmetrical double knot that produces a dense, heavy weave, making them extremely durable. One of the main distinctions between Iranian and Pakistani Kashan rugs is the use of color. Pakistani Kashans feature predominantly pastel shades, whereas a traditional Persian Kashan carpet may include richer reds, greens and blues.
Motasham Kashan Carpets: Exceptional…and Exceptionally Rare
Motasham Kashan carpets are the rarest group of Kashan carpets. They feature non-traditional designs and color palettes and were woven with lamb’s wool renowned for its luminous, reflective sheen. True Motasham Kashan rugs are finely knotted and extremely difficult to find.
Dating from the middle of the 19th century, antique Motasham Kashan carpets are among the finest Persian carpets. Early Motasham Kashan rugs (pre-1850) use a technique known as abrash, marked by an emotive use of color shading and color shifts. They commonly feature an antique ivory or gold background and subtle pastel tones throughout the weave. Over time, the dyes in an antique Motasham rug will soften and acquire an earthy patina. The rich lanolin will rise to the surface of the wool fibers over time, given the rug an extraordinary luster.