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Determining Value of Antique Rugs and Carpets

When collecting or buying antique items, such as rugs and carpets, the most commonly asked question is this: “How much is it worth?” Just like any other antique items, the value of the antique rug and that of antique carpets can be influenced by many factors. Take note of these factors to help you determine the antique carpets and antique rugs value:
 
·         Artistry – When expert appraisers determine the value of the antique rug, the first thing they look at is the level of artistry. The movement and fluidity of the design are evaluated. To do that, they look into various elements such as contrast, shading, outlining, and other design elements that provide visual depth. The overall unity in the composition is vital in assessing its value.

·         Aesthetic Quality – This is closely tied to the level of artistry but must be evaluated separately as the purpose of rugs and carpets vary. Some buy them for a functional purpose, while others solely for aesthetic purposes. Is there a particular motif in the design? Do the elements work harmoniously together? These factors are taken into account to determine the aesthetic value of the item.

·         Age – The age of the carpet or rug is taken into consideration when determining antique carpets value. The carpets and rugs that are woven before 1900 (or the so-called Commercial Period) are considered more valuable. The earlier the piece, the higher its market value. When an old rug is in good condition, you can expect for the value to increase some more.

·         Size – The larger the rug is, the higher its valuation is. Although this does not apply to all rugs and carpets, it can be true when you are dealing with rare and collectible collections. This is also true in the case of rugs and carpets that are made with rare and high-quality materials.

·         Uniqueness – The level of artistry and originality of a carpet or rug can add to its value. If a particular carpet or rug is manufactured individually (meaning not mass produced), then you can expect it to be appraised higher than ones manufactured in batches. The one-of-a-kind quality of the rug and carpet can add to its rarity and desirability, especially among connoisseurs.

·         Materials – The quality of the materials in weaving the rug or carpet is a practical factor to be considered in evaluating its price. The higher the quality of the wool, the higher the price of the carpet, too.
 
In the end, the actual value of antique pieces such as carpets and rugs are only as high as anyone would be willing to pay for it.

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How to Care for Antique Carpets

Antique carpets and rugs are quite delicate given the age of the item. It is important that you regularly clean the carpet to maintain its condition. You can use a domestic hoover (on light setting) in order to keep it clean. For hard stains, you might want to hire a professional carpet cleaner so as not to ruin the quality of the material.
 
When storing antique carpets and rugs, the best method is to roll them from the bottom. Then, pile the rugs and carpets such that they face inwards. It is not recommended that you fold a carpet or rug as it can result in the formation of cracks on the surface. You need to follow these cleaning and storing recommendations regardless of the type of carpet or rug that you own.
 

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