How to identify a Genuine Hand Knotted Persian Rug

The term “Antique” is used to describe a Persian rug that is over 100 years old.

The term “Old” is used to describe a Persian rug that is under 100 years old.





If a rug is worn, torn and looks very old it does not necessarily mean that it has any value.

Beware of Persian rugs being sold as an old or antique rug. It might be old, worn or threadbare but doesn’t necessarily mean it has any real value.

A genuine antique Persian rug is very expensive. If you think you are picking up a bargain for an old, worn rug that costs a few hundred pounds – don’t buy it! It is usually worthless.

A “Genuine Antique Persian Rug” will usually come with a certificate. If you are unsure always get expert advice before buying.

Persian Design, Made in Various Countries

Many hand knotted rugs are made in various countries around the world.

Always check the “Country of Origin” that way you will always buy the rug you are looking for. If you want a hand knotted rug made in India you will see that the country of origin is written on your certificate or invoice-“Made in India”. If you are looking for a hand knotted Persian rug you will see that the country of origin is written on your certificate or invoice-“Made in Iran”.  This is very important when it comes to the value of each rug as the value varies dramatically depending on where the rug was made.

 

Artificial Silk?

It is sometimes quite difficult to see the difference between real silk and artificial silk, there are various tests you can do but the best way to know what you are buying is by the price. A hand knotted Persian silk is always going to be expensive and a good investment. If you think you are getting a great bargain it usually means someone is trying to sell you an artificial silk rug.