An antique rug can be a great addition to your home. It has the power to upgrade the design of your interior space and give it a unique character. But, it is worth knowing that not all antique rugs you find in stores or on the Internet are also the real deal. If you’re looking for a real Persian rug, for instance, you need to know some things in order to make sure that your money is well spent. So, you may want to take a look at the following tips if you want to find amazing antique rugs for you to enjoy.
• Don’t buy from the bazaar while in Turkey
While it is true that the best way to find perfect antique rugs is you look for them at the source, the bazaar is not such a great place to search for rugs while in Turkey. The bazaar is a touristic area, so there are many merchants trying to take advantage of tourist’s nativity and sell them fake Persian rugs for absurd sums of money. Hiring a guide will not do you any good either, as you’ll never know if they are on the same page with the merchants. So, it’s best to look for stores outside touristic areas and do some research to see which are most reliable when it comes to antique rugs.
• The first thing you need to check are the edges of a rug
The majority are interested in looking at the pattern, design, and colors of a rug, completely disregarding the edges. It is worth knowing that repaying the edges of an antique rug will cost you significant amounts of money. Also, if you don’t fix a rug with a frayed edge, you risk having the rug unravel in a speedy manner.
• Check to see if the rug is made by hand
The entire charm of antique rugs resides in the fact that they are made by hand. So, after looking at the edges of a rug, look for signs that will indicate whether the rug is handmade or not. This is something very easy to spot if you’re taking a look at the back of the rug. Yes, the salesperson may tell you this, but it is recommended to check it for yourself, to avoid getting scammed.
• See if the rug is “cracking”
It may be weird for a rug to crack, but what happens if it has been cleaned by using the wrong technique. Because of their age, antique rugs were stained at one point and there was certainly the attempt to clean the stain out. Well, if this is done in the wrong way by people that don’t know how to treat an antique rug, the fibers can get dried out and crack as you touch it. Unfortunately, this is an indicator that the rug’s fibers are rot, so there’s no point in making the purchase. Just imagine buying an expensive Persian rug just to see it crack and become brittle in various parts.
Hopefully, these tips will help you find the ideal antique rug for your home. If you find it, such a rug will certainly give the room a distinct and elegant appearance, while creating a warm and welcoming environment.