Tips on Buying a Persian Rug

tufted poof ottoman on traditional Persian rug
Buying a Persian rug is a step that says you're making a commitment to bringing beauty and quality into your home. A well-chosen rug can serve as the focal point to a room, warming up your decor and giving you a sense of underfoot luxury. Take a look at some tips to help you make a wise decision when you bring home a new or antique Persian rug.

tufted poof ottoman on traditional Persian rug

Plan Ahead Before You Shop

Grab a tape measure the moment you think about buying a Persian rug. The size of the rug you need has a drastic effect on its price, and knowing exactly what size you’re looking for may be vital in helping you narrow down what may seem like endless options. If you plan to fill an entire room with a large rug, measure the room, and subtract about 3 feet on every side. If you want a Persian rug for your dining room, make sure it’s large enough for your guests to push their chairs back and still remain on the rug. Runner rugs should have a nice border of floor around them, and rugs used to anchor an arrangement of armchairs and sofas don’t necessarily have to extend under the furniture.

Decide Whether the Rug Is an Investment or a Practical Purchase

Some people choose Persian rugs for their practical nature and the beauty they bring to a room. Others see a fine Oriental rug as an investment. In fact, rare rugs that are at least 70 years old can indeed be considered investments due to the gracefulness with which a fine rug ages. However, investment-grade rugs aren’t as useful, as walking on older rugs regularly can wear them out over time. If you want a practical rug to bring life to your home, don’t get caught up in research on the value of investment-grade rugs.

Decide Between a Handmade and Machine-Made Rug

Most authentic Persian carpets and rugs are handmade using traditional knotting and weaving methods that are centuries old. Handmade rugs made from natural fibers can last a long time, but they tend to cost more than machine-made rugs. If you’re paying attention to your budget, think about a machine-made rug that still looks beautiful on your floor. Check the materials used to maintain a high level of quality. Wool rugs, even when machine-made, last longer and can develop a lovely sheen over time. In between handmade and machine-made are hand-tufted rugs, which take a fraction of the time required to make a hand-knotted rug.

Fall in Love with the Pattern

Every Persian-style rug is a unique piece of art. Take the time to examine the subtleties of the patterns and to appreciate any inconsistencies or breaks in the pattern. Don’t choose a rug hastily, but keep searching until you find the rug that truly makes you fall in love.

Buy the Right Rug Pad

Don’t forget to buy a high-quality rug pad to go under your new rug. Rug pads keep your rugs from slipping when you walk on them and, especially if you’ve chosen an antique Persian rug, they protect the rug by absorbing friction and helping it to wear slowly.

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