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 North 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.
Oriental carpets can be pile woven or flat woven without pile, using various materials such as silk, wool, and cotton. Examples range in size from pillow to large, room-sized carpets, and include carrier bags, floor coverings, decorations for animals, Islamic prayer rugs (sajjadah), Jewish Torah ark covers (parochet), and Christian altar covers.
Geographically, oriental rugs are made in an area referred to as the “Rug Belt”, which stretches from Morocco across North Africa, the Middle East, and into Central Asia and northern India. It includes countries such as northern China, Tibet, Turkey, Iran, the Maghreb in the west, the Caucasus in the north, and India and Pakistan in the south.