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How should I evaluate a carpet?
There are at least four factors that should be considered when evaluating a carpet.
First is color. Natural dyes produce wonderful saturated colors with all kinds of shading within a single color that give the carpet a unique character. This shading is called abrash and is recognized by collectors as an important attribute. The color is a feature with which you must feel comfortable.
Second is the design. The design has a number of elements such as use of space, detailing, motifs, clarity and balance. What you will want to look for is a harmony in the overall design. It is important to remember that the design has been created by a woman and represents her skill and creativity.
Third is craftsmanship. Craftsmanship includes the quality of the wool, character of the dye and skill of the weaver. The number of knots in a square inch/centimeter is not the sole criteria for craftsmanship. The knot count will vary with the type of carpet.
Fourth is the overall feeling. This is subjective to a certain extent, but if the carpet is beautiful in your eyes, then trust your instincts.
Is purchasing a carpet an investment in art?
Carpets are handcrafted, handmade, incorporate age old motifs and represent the creation of a skilled weaving artist and, as such, can be considered art. The investment value of many carpets accrues over time. Some particular antique carpets have special attributes that make them sought after by collectors. On the whole, carpets will hold their value and have the potential to increase in value. Please see the Wall Street Journal article The Rug Market Takes Flight.
How do I clean my carpet?
We recommend that you have your carpet cleaned by a professional oriental carpet cleaner. If you intend to wash the carpet yourself, here are the easy steps to follow: