How To Buy A Persian Rug
Need to know how to buy a Persian rug? A Persian rug is not just a decoration for a house; it is a piece of art that will become a family heirloom. Nowadays many Persian rugs are machine made, but you should buy a handmade rug if you can. If you search well, you can find authentic handmade carpets. These carpets are an integral part of Persian culture and a manifestation of Persian art dating way back in time. Purchasing a Persian rug is a complicated process, so consider the following points for a good deal:
To buy a Persian rug, you will need
- About $1,000
- To start, make a choice on the type and size of rug you wish to purchase. These rugs can generally be divided into three distinct categories: rugs six feet by four feet and larger, rugs smaller than the above mentioned and ethnic nomadic rugs, known as Kilim. Make a choice so you can zone in on the type of rug you want to buy. The rugs are available in silk, wool and cotton.
- Now that you have made your choice, you should check the rug's KPSI, or the number of knots per square inch. Generally the higher the number of knots, the better and more intricate the carpet. Consider looking for carpets that have at least 80 to 100 or more knots per square inch.
- Remember to search the carpet for imperfections. Persian rugs have intricate geometric designs, but since they are made by hand, they are bound to have slight imperfections, which are considered normal as long as the imperfection doesn’t take away from the carpet's overall beauty. In fact, the imperfection confirms that the rug was actually made by hand and not machine.
- Remember, it is you that is buying the rug, so the final decision has to be yours. Beauty is subjective, and while a rug can be exquisite, if it doesn’t appeal to you, then it’s not worth much for you. Keep looking until you find the one that tingles your spine and you say, "This is the one!”