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Persian Rugs - What Makes Them So Expensive?

By Edited Feb 21, 2016 0 0

Persian carpets are artistic creations by ancient civilisations. They are an art form that has survived for 2500 years.

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 Trade

In ancient times these carpets found a higher class of buyer through kings and nobles who were always looking for ways to show off their wealth. The value of these carpets increased through being valued by the top of society. They were no longer a need in a home but a decorative piece.

In ancient times Persian rugs spread very little to other parts of the world other than close by Middle Eastern countries

In modern times the interest in these carpets has waned, partially due to modern houses with modern furnishings. However the older and rarest of Persian rugs are still collectible items.

 Authenticity

Firstly, older examples from various eras are rare and expensive. They are collectibles that can cost tens of thousands to purchase. Their authenticity also lies in the fact that there are hand-woven, sometimes by entire families which can up to a year to make.

 Beauty/design

The patterns, designs and motifs that make up Persian rugs are a key feature of the classical creation. They are dependent on patterns that are symmetrical and even and at the same time beautiful.

The design of rugs was often within families where the same design would be repeated, often from memory.

 Quality

Natural fibres used in the creation are what make up the quality, not synthetic materials as used in a lot of today’s carpets. Some examples include animal or plant fibres, silk, animal hair and wool.

 To purchase?

If you are going for a Persian rug consider all of the above. Machine made rugs are of course cheaper. But authentic rugs gain value as the years go by unlike regular carpets. They are durable carpets made from durable material; they set the tone of a room when used right and a talking point for your home.

You could of course buy a counterfeit which would look very nice as well.

 How are they made?

Hand woven means every inch of threads are woven into the design using a knot called a Persian Senneh knot.

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