As we are entering the 17th year in the cleaning service industry, we have accumulated some useful information about rugs. Here is everything you should know to identify a handmade oriental rug to avoid scams.
What Do You Expect From a Rug?
Authentic handmade oriental rugs not only make a great decor at our living headquarters but also bring a piece of culture with them. For most of us, being stylish and keeping our feet warm are the most expected features of a rug. However, for those who enjoy the sophisticated culture behind the rugs, it is essential to learn how to identify an authentic handmade oriental rug.
Check The Front and Back of the Rug:
If it has a hard plastic back, it’s not a handmade rug. Because authentic rugs are knotted by hand, therefore, the pattern on the back of the rug should match with the front. On the other side, rugs with hard plastic backs are most likely synthetic. The plastic back is the only thing that holds the carpet together. That’s why they are cheaper and less durable comparing to the handmade rugs.
Take a look at the photo below to see the difference between a handmade and synthetic rugs’ back:
If you are still having second thoughts about the rug you are trying to identify, remember you can always consult a rug professional. This website explains in detail how to take photos of a rug for expert identification. After taking the pictures you can contact us here, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
The colour of the rug is another determinant which is commonly used to identify handmade oriental rugs.
There are two types of dyes: vegetable dyes and chemical dyes. As you can guess, all handmade rugs are made with all natural vegetable dyes. Because back then they didn’t have the option to use chemical dyes. Chemical dyes are the product of industrial revolution. Accordingly, their price and durability are way lower than handmade rugs.
While checking a rug’s colour, pay attention to the brightness levels. In general, machine-made rugs have bright and vibrate tones. On the other hand, handmade rugs consist of a variety of coloured wool and wool density.
Check the Rug Pile:
One of the main differences between a handmade and machine-made rug can be understood by checking the pile. Because almost always handmade rugs are made with wool pile while machine-made rugs are often made with a type of polyester pile. %99 of the time you can notice white thread weaves on the back of the handmade rugs. In contrast, machine-made rugs don’t have these at all.
Finally, the cost of a rug is another factor that needs to be taken into consideration for identifying rugs. Unsurprisingly, handmade oriental rugs are way more expensive than the machine-made rugs. On average, while handmade rugs are worth thousands of dollars, machine-made rugs are way lower priced.
We recommend leaving the price as the final determinant. Always check the front, back, pile and the colour of the rug first to make sure it’s a handmade oriental rug.