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How to Buy a Persian Rug

How to Buy a Persian Rug

Multicolored distressed Persian rug styled in a living room
A Persian rug adds elegance and class to any room in your home, with heirloom quality you can depend on. One day, your great-granddaughter will be thrilled to inherit the Persian rug that once graced the living room she played in as a toddler. Let us help you find the perfect one that you and your family will treasure with these rug-buying tips.

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Decide How Much You’re Willing to Spend

Blue and gray machine-made Persian Rug

Purchasing a Persian rug is investing in a future heirloom for your family. You’ll want to choose a quality piece that your children can pass down to their children. Long-lasting handmade rugs usually come with a hefty price tag, but there are other options available.


If you need to work within a limited budget, machine-made Persian rugs are just as beautiful as their handmade counterparts and less expensive. They don’t last quite as long as handmade rugs, but if you make sure to choose one made from genuine wool, it’ll still have an impressive lifespan.


If you’re ready to make an heirloom-quality investment, go with a handmade or hand-knotted Persian rug. With careful upkeep and cleaning, your handmade Persian rug can actually increase in value over the years.


Go With an Inspiring Pattern

Floral, medallion Persian Inspired Rug

Persian rug patterns can look similar at first glance. A decorative medallion in the center and an intricately designed border feature in most, but the subtle nuances in style will be the details that help you find the best Persian rug for your home.


You can choose from a range of floral designs, but these aren’t your mother’s neon retro blooms. These flowers are small, detailed and intertwined to create one-of-a-kind artwork. Other rug patterns include geometric shapes, usually small and repeated but in a way that’s flowing and organized.


Take a close look at your options to find a rug that speaks to you. And if it speaks to you, it’s sure to be something that future generations will cherish. Check out this Area Rug Styles guide for more tips on choosing the best style.


Coordinate With Your Room’s Color Palette

Multicolored Persian rug with a medallion pattern Image Provided by Sunday With Susie

Many Persian rugs come in easy-to-match shades like earth tones and muted neutrals. These subdued hues are perfect complements for decorative styles that value a nude color palette and reserved pops of color. Coastal, farmhouse, shabby chic, and Scandinavian interiors can all be accentuated by a Persian rug.


Distinct rugs full of rich reds and vibrant blues are still versatile, but work best in decorating styles that appreciate vivid, saturated colors. Boho, traditional, and glam all fit the bill.


Before making your decision, think about how your style might change over the years. If your furnishings lean a little boho now but you could see yourself transitioning into a farmhouse look in the future, go with a neutral rug that can do both.


Opt for a Durable Material to Meet Your Needs

Persian rugs come in a variety of materials, but they’re not all created equal. Wool, for instance, can stand up to sippy cup spills, dinner party foot traffic, and potty-training pups. For rooms that will see some serious action, a wool Persian rug is the best choice.


Silk is the most luxurious and attractive material for a Persian rug. Silk is so strong that it allows for more intricate designs and patterns. Such touchable decadence takes a little more work to clean, so keep it to yourself in a low-traffic area like your bedroom. You could also hang your rug as a wall tapestry if you want to avoid it being stepped on altogether.


Polyester is a gorgeous budget-friendly option. It’s bright and soft, but can fade easily. If you go with polyester, keep it safe in a low traffic room. For more guidance on rug materials, check out our guide on The Best Rug Materials.


Protect Your Rug With the Right Rug Pad

Gray and ivory Persian rug placed over a rug pad

Give your Persian rug a long happy life with a rug pad to absorb friction and reduce wear and tear. For a natural Persian rug, you need a rug pad made with natural materials. Natural rug pads don’t disintegrate into a powdery mess the way many synthetic pads do, so they’re able to protect your rug and the floor underneath.


Since Persian rugs generally have a low pile, you’ll want to choose a pad with plenty of grip to prevent slipping and sliding. If you’re still thinking you could do without one, read our 4 Top Reasons You Need a Rug Pad.

Now you’re ready to find that perfect Persian rug that your family will love for generations. Keep in mind our tips as you shop to make sure you bring home a stylish and durable rug that will get friends and family talking. If you go with a Persian rug made from wool, you’ll want to check out our Guide to Cleaning Wool Rugs so you’re prepared to tackle any spills or stains.