Over the years our customers have asked us many questions, the following are the most commonly accounted ones.
What makes an oriental rug more expensive?
Knot density- the tighter the knots in the rug, the more labor it took to weave.
Labor cost- the cost of labor differs from country to country. For example, Turkey is more industrialized than perhaps China or India, and Turkish weavers charge more money, therefore the rugs may be more expensive coming out of this country.
Wool quality- there is no such thing as bad wool, however there is better wool. One often can tell the better wool by merely touching the rug.
Silk content- if a rug has silk, the rug would be more expensive because pound to pound silk is more expensive than wool. If the quantity is very little it does not affect the cost of the rug.
Intricacy of design- if the design is simple and has less colors, it is much faster to weave this rug. If the design is very intricate and requires the weaver to use many colors, it will take him longer to finish.
Leftovers- many merchants will pick the nicest and the best quality first. When the workshop is left with the “not so desirable pieces” they will be discounted.
Why does the rug look lighter from one side?
The pile in the rug does not stand straight up. It leans on one direction and depending on where you are looking from, the light is absorbed or reflected. As you walk around the rug it will change its shades.
Should I buy my rug first or the furniture?
If you have nothing in the room it is easier to find a rug that you like and decorate the room around it. Often you can pick your wall colors from one of the accents in the rug. Carrying swatches back home is a lot easier than bringing home heavy rugs. However, other people already have elements in the room that confines them to find a rug that has to work in the space.
How come my oriental rug is not perfect?
Within the aesthetic of art, all works of art are perfect. Due to the fact that works of arts are man made, the viewer of the art may see some level of imperfection. In order to appreciate works of art, one must bring to mind that, the work is a reflection of the artist, and to appreciate that work, one must take into consideration the time and effort that went into the production of this art. If rugs have millions of knots it would be absurd to believe that the weaver would not make mistakes. Thus, all hand made carpets have some degree of imperfection. Sometimes, the wool itself is died in separate lots and this may cause slight difference in hue over the rug that is called “Abrash”.
Vegetable versus Chemical dyes?
Handmade rugs have been woven for hundreds of years but chemical dyes were introduced only after the 1880’s. For centuries, rug weavers used all sorts of common plants for dyes (indigo plant, madder plant and larkspur). Now, only some rugs are made from wool dyed with vegetables, keeping with the old tradition. Most rugs today are made from wool dyed with chemical dyes just like your clothes. There is no real advantage to either one, and often the weaver may use both chemical and vegetable dyes in the carpet since it is hard to acquire certain colors from vegetables.
Conscientious retailers and importers oppose the use of “illegal” child labor in hand made rugs. As UNISEF described, not all child labor is harmful or illegal. In a family setting children help their parents or family members on looms. Learning this craft is often a must for the economic well being of struggling families. There are many programs that rug retailers and importers have supported such as Care and Fair for Children’s Welfare that helps improve children’s economic conditions and educational opportunities.
A work of art?
The answer to this question is yes. Like other art, you will be drawn to some rugs more than others. The designs, colors and how they are woven are traditions that have existed for over six hundred years. It takes several craftsmen six to eighth months to handcraft the millions of knots that make up a 9x12.