Get a valuation for your rug for insurance purposes
Quality handmade Persian and oriental rugs are highly coveted and sort after luxury items of household furnishing. Not only aesthetically beautiful, but can last for generations, hold value and can sometimes even appreciate. The true value of a rug is dependant of several factors such as, quality, origin, design, demand and the density of the weave.
As one of the many services we offer, eRugs Direct can provide you a full and concise valuation service from one of our team of experts who between them proudly bode several decades of experience in the rug trade around the globe. Not only do we assess the current market value and replacement value of your rug but also a recommended valuation for insurance purposes. This service comes totally free of charge upon request.
We are based in London and our service includes the whole Central London area.
What Increases a Rug Value? There are several factors to look for in valuing a rug.
Age: Greater age often increases the rugs value. It has to have good quality of wool, workmanship, dyes, and historical value. On the tribal pieces, some of the tribe no longer exist and their rug became earth treasurer left behind from that particular tribe.
KPSI, Knot Density: Knot Per Square Inch or RAJ: Higher knot density increases the quality and price of the handmade carpet. You can convert RAJ to KPSI by the following formula: [(RAJ/7) x2.54]^2=KPSI For example: 40 RAJ of Kashan equal to [(30/7) x2.54] ^2=118 KPSI
Consistent Weave: Along with the density, weaving of the traditional rugs are not consistent as like as machine made rugs.
Fibre: Along with the density, weaving of the traditional rugs are not consistent as like as machine made rugs.
The rugs made from wool are more valued than the rugs made from fibre.
The quality of the wool is also depending on the shade of the lambs wool. The first trim of the lambs wool are higher value than the second trim. It is also depending on the environment where lambs live.
Silk rugs are expensive, but delicate and require special cleaning.
Technique: The best handmade rug is better than the best machine-made rug, although there are very well-made rugs from both techniques at this point in time.
Afghanistan is one of the leading producers of handmade rugs in the world. Afghan rugs are genuine, charming and usually phenomenally inexpensive. One of the most exotic and distinctive of all oriental rugs is the Shindand and Adraskan (named after local Afghan villages) woven in the Hairat area in western Afghanistan. Strangely elongated human and animal figures are their signature look. Most of the weavers in Afghanistan are the Ersari Turkman. But other smaller group such as Chub Bash and Kizil Ayaks are also in the line of weaving rugs. In addition Uzbeks, Kyrgyz, Kazakhs and Arabs label their rug according to their ethic group. Various and other natural dyes are used to produce the rich colours. As a chemical colour they use copper sulphate, ferrous sulphate, or tin and urine. Tribal rugs are almost always done on the horizontal or ground loom. This is due to the fact the nomads rarely remain in one location for more then two months. A Turkman woman will usually take at least six month to finish a rug 6 feet by 4 feet. The loom there fore can be set up and taken down four to six times before a rug or kelim is finished colour of Afghan rugs are mainly Reds (Madder-root of modern plant- ranges from reds to Orange and Purple.