Antique type carpets can help to add a touch of glamour and grandeur to your home or office. Not only are they beautiful home furnishings and solid art investments, but they are also pieces of tradition and ethnicity that date back thousands of years.
Antique carpets represent enormous range in motifs and colour harmonies and you may even lose yourself seeing the diverse combinations of rich antique colours and heavy intricate weaving.
Antique carpets and rugs are imported mostly from China, Persia, India, Afghanistan, Caucasus and Turkey. Some of the famous weaving areas of such antique carpets include Kashan and Agra. This type of carpet has a high artistic integrity, as they are exclusively hand woven. They are sold all over the world, with clients more than willing to pay highly in order to redefine their home and decorate in style.
When buying an antique carpet:
- Visit dealers and educate yourself about dyes, wools, design quality and the many styles of weaving.
- Touch the carpet and scrutinise them carefully; beware of machine made synthetic carpets that some dealers may tell you are antique carpets.
- Try to understand the age and origin of the carpet, as this in turn give you a much better insight about the overall quality of the carpet.
- Check whether the edge and borders are present in the antique carpet you intend to purchase, as they are sometimes lost or even cut out on purpose. Keep in mind that the borders will determine the overall value of your carpet.
- Keep an eye out for holes and moth attacks, which are both common when dealing with antique carpets. These problems must be attended to before you buy the carpet.