the value of a RUG
1. Materials and fixed costs when making a carpet
An essential factor in determining the price of a carpet are the fixed costs of making a carpet. This applies first of all to the materials and the special tools being used. There is a great variation in the required raw materials, such as the quality of the wool. The same applies to the dyes, whose quality is not usually known until after the carpet has been subject to decades of use. That is why it is worthwhile to have the highest quality requirements when manufacturing a carpet, and to accept the higher prices. Also, labour costs can vary greatly, depending on how much experience and expertise the carpet-making artists have.
2. Knot density and carpet size
The number of knots in a carpet is one of the biggest determining factors when it comes to the amount of work required to make a carpet. The more knots there are per square inch, the more work required. Of course, this also depends on the size of the carpet. In view of the fact that a carpet knotter ties an average of 30,000 to 5,000 knots daily.
3. Origin and age of the carpet
Thanks to the knowledge we have about a carpet’s origins, we can draw conclusions on the techniques and workmanship used to make the carpet. When it comes to knots, there is a difference between Persian and Turkish knots, and depending on the region and the traditions, different techniques are used. Every region has acquired experience over generations and further developed and refined its techniques.
When classifying the age of a carpet, there are four broad categories:
The origin of a carpet is a significant factor in determining a carpet’s value, whereby the age of a carpet does not necessarily affect its price. The condition the carpet is in also plays a significant role.
4. Patterns and colors and their cultural significance
Not only the origin of a carpet can tell us a lot about a carpet – the order of the patterns and the use of colors can also be used as an identifying feature, depending on how the color is applied and combined. These are usually linked with values and traditions that distinguish the carpet as an unusual item of cultural heritage.
5. The aesthetic value of a carpet
One might disagree on matters of taste – and naturally, it’s hard to capture the aesthetic value of a carpet in numbers. After all, taste is subjective. However, or maybe because of this, the aesthetic value is often the biggest factor in determining the value of a carpet.
A Guide to Hand-knotted wool rugs
Consumers who are looking for a finely crafted floor covering may want to consider buying a handknotted wool rug for their home. They are a superior product that will add warmth and texture to any room where they are placed. Buyers who choose them are getting a rug that will look good for several years and will improve in appearance over time.
Characteristics of hand-knotted wool rugs
Hand-knotted rugs were the norm until the introduction of machinery that could take over this function. The advantage to using machines to make wool rugs is that the process can be completed more quickly and at less cost than if each weave has to be knotted and tied by someone.
In a factory, looms are used to make rugs and the threads can be held together by glue or an acrylic. The consumer who is interested in buying a hand-knotted wool rug is getting a product that will be more durable than its machine made counterpart. The trade-off is that making a hand-knotted rug is very labour-intensive, and may cost more than a similar-sized, factory-made floor covering.
Buyers who are interested in owning a unique piece of art that they can place on their floor may want to consider hand-knotted rugs. Each one reflects the skill of the person who made it, and each individual rug will be unique as well. The rug may well include mistakes, which only add to its charm. A machine made rug will have a standard appearance and factories can produce multiple versions of the same pattern, whereas a hand-knotted rug is a one-of-a-kind item.
Durability of hand-knotted wool rugs
Hand-knotted wool rugs are made from highly durable, natural fibre. As the rug ages, its surface will take on a shiny appearance, which is considered very attractive. This characteristic is one that will actually increase the value of a hand-knotted rug. In contrast, the factory-made rug will deteriorate over time.
Deciding to buy a hand-knotted wool rug
A consumer who is interested in buying a hand-knotted wool rug will want to consider the decision very carefully. Even in a case where the initial cost is higher than buying a factory-made floor covering, the hand-knotted rugs may actually be a better long-term investment. The factory-made rug will need to be replaced much sooner than a hand-knotted one, which means that it may be the more expensive choice.
A hand-knotted wool rug also has the advantage of being easier to care for and repair than a machine-made one. Hand-knotted rugs can be cleaned from back to front and then put out to dry. Machine-made rugs also collect dirt on the bottom, and they can be very difficult to clean because of waterproof chemicals used on them.
Hand-knotted wool rugs offer a number of advantages to consumers. Buyers who are looking for natural fibers for their home that are easy to clean and maintain would do well to consider this option.
Rugs in the Kitchen?
The kitchen is a place of baking, chopping, frying, mixing, pouring, eating and drinking. In other words, the kitchen is a place of mess; spillages, crumbs, grease and grime. Keeping the kitchen tidy and clean is difficult to do, even more so if you have children or animals. So, is it the best idea to cover up that easy clean wooden or tiled floor with a rug?
Let’s look at the pros and cons...
Design. Rugs are a great way of adding colour and texture to an otherwise bland space; kitchen floors are usually a pretty neutral shade so a rug can give a spark of colour, tying in with your kitchen accessories.
Comfort. You spend a lot of time standing in your kitchen, and a cosy rug will definitely be more comfortable on the old feet.
Mess. The crumbs and the bacteria that can get harvested in a rug in a kitchen is pretty gross and depending on the type of rug, you may have difficulty cleaning effectively.
If you do decide to go for a rug in the kitchen, it’s important to choose the right one. Style is important, Pile length is also something you need to think about.
Pile Length. We would recommend a low pile rug rather than a rug with a thick pile.Think of the crumbs! The longer the pile the harder it is to get them out of of your rug.
Look at our rugs with no pile and our Antique rugs / Vintage rugs that will last for many more centuries to come.
Counting Knots the easy way - however there are a few snares that clients can fall into. There are an alternate sorts of knots yet the most mainstream are the symmetrical Turkish knot and the Persian knot
While the type of knotting can be important for appraising the origin of a rug it is vital when looking at knots per square inch (KPSI).
Counting the KPSI you simply measure the knots across a vertical and horizontal inch and multiply the two. Most rugs fall between 100 and 200 KPSI. Some rugs such as Heriz, tribal rugs and lower quality town/city woven rugs fall under 100 knots and over 200 KPSI the rug starts to become fine.
Isfahans on a silk foundation can have 625 KPSI, which is 25 knots vertical and 25 knots horizontal.
The finest rug I have seen was a silk QUM rug measuring around 2200 KPSI but most high quality silk rugs are between 500-1200 KPSI.
Beware some dealers count the Turkish knots differently, and it counts 2 nodes to one knot (so you need to divide the total by 2)
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