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Purchase an Oriental Rug

 

Know who you are buying from before making an investment.  Often times new buyers fall into a series of traps that mislead them on their purchasing decisions.  Here are some ways to avoid getting taken advantage of. 

 

-Check to see how long the dealer has been in the rug trade.  Experience is a key element.

 

-Make sure the dealer has not gone out of business.  This occurs very frequently in the rug industry.  It is a way to hype potential customers into buying using falsified discounts and bargains.  Often the location may stay the same but the name of the business changes, Adabi has used the same name since doors opened more than five decades ago. 

 

-Do not fall for falsified discounts and limited time bargains.  Significant discounts are not realistic and are unethical.  It is not uncommon to see dealers substantially markup their inventory and give a huge discount, and even after the discount the customer is still overpaying.

 

-Do your research before purchasing and know what the price range is.  Just because it is handmade and it is a Tabriz design does not mean it is a Persian Tabriz.  A Tabriz made in India is a small fraction of the value of a Persian Tabriz. 

 

-Look at the physical aspects of a rug. 

-Knots per square inch (the more of these the more valuable the rug will be).  Knots per square inch could be analogous the pixel definition of a high resolution photograph. 

-Colors used, typically there is a direct correlation between the amount of different colors used and the value of the rug.  Hence, a very colorful rug would take much more time and effort to weave.

-Intricate patterns are fantastic indicators on the value.  Just like colors, intricate patterns take precision and time.

-Antique vs. Semi-antique, one is naturally muted over time making it more valuable; the other is just a trendy copy. 

Maintain and Clean your Oriental Rug

 

Cleaning –

How often you should wash your handmade rug? 

It is suggested that a rug be washed once every 5 to 10 years depending on the amount of traffic.  Washing your rug can ensure a softness and luster that can only develop over time.  Please be sure that your handmade rug is only washed using traditional methods (soaking and air drying) and not simply done using machine carpet cleaning methods (which can ruin a handmade rug). 

Traditional cleaning method to treat han

Traditional cleaning method to treat hand woven rugs

Traditional cleaning method to treat han

Rotating –

How often do I need to rotate my rug?

Your rug should be rotated evenly every 6 months to 2 years (depending on your traffic), this will ensure that any wear caused by traffic is evenly distributed.  Sunlight will also begin to wear on your rug and give it a faded yet rich color that can only progress with time, so rotating away from windows can limit some uneven fading. 

 

Vacuuming –

Is it okay to vacuum my handmade rug?

It is recommended to regularly vacuum your handmade rug.  Vacuuming will not only keep your rug clean for aesthetic purposes but can help increase the longevity of the fibers.  Be extremely cautious, though, not to vacuum your fringe.  Vacuuming the fringe can destroy the fringe and potentially cause irreplaceable damage.

 

Padding –

How necessary is it have a pad for your rug?

The correct type of pad can reduce the wear and tear on your rug as well as keeping the rug from slipping.

 

Restoration –

It is highly recommended that a professional be contacted on any matters pertaining to restoration and/or complicated stain removal.

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Repair before and after

Stain removal --

-Try to remove the stain immediately, when possible of course. 

-When attempting to remove any stains remember to start from the outermost boundary of the stain and work inwards, this will help prevent the stain from spreading. 

-Avoid rubbing, try to blot and absorb any of the spillage.

-Use materials that are clean when working with appropriate cleanser.