Discount Oriental Rugs - Sourcing and Price Guide
What determines prices?
It has become much easier to find discount oriental rugs over the years. This is mainly down to the fact that trading barriers with the East have become a lot less strict over the years, and therefore the availability of rugs from countries like Pakistan, India and Iran (formerly known as Persia, the origin of Persian rugs) have become much more abundant.
That said, oriental rugs continue to demand a higher price than most other styles of rug and you will find that having some knowledge about the industry will help you to secure that special discount.
There are four principal dynamics that affect the price tag of antique rugs. The first, unsurprisingly, is its age. Generally the older the better, however other factors such as its design, pattern and general condition are also very important. To give you some idea of how the cost of an oriental rug can be affected by its age, it isn’t uncommon to see a Serapi rug dating back to the 1880’s with an asking price of over $50,000. In comparison, you would only expect to pay a tenth of this for a modern Oriental rug of similar design and quality.
If you are hoping to find a cheap oriental rug, you should be looking at rugs made over the last twenty to twenty-five years. With modern oriental rugs, prices are determined by design, country of origin and the quality of the wool. However it is the difficulty with which the rug was produced that really influences its cost. Oriental rugs are handmade, and therefore the number of knots taken to make an inch of the rug is of great importance; the higher the rug knot count per square inch, the higher the price.
For this reason, it will be much easier to find discount oriental rugs if the knot count is not something you are particularly concerned about. You can secure a discount of well over 50% just by opting for a rug of 100 knots instead of one of 200 knots.
Just knowing a little more about what determines the price tag of a rug can really help you to save money, as you are equipped with the information you need to help you decide whether these factors really are important to you. At the end of the day, most people want a beautiful oriental rug at a reasonable price, and hopefully this guide will help you to get just that.