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.
USING A RUG PAD
Pads are strongly recommended for these below reasons:
We recommend purchasing a rug pad as close to the size of your rug as possible. Ideally, when buying a thinner rug pad, the rug pad should be 1" shorter from all sides or 1,5", if you require a thicker rug pad.
TYPES OF RUG PADS
When looking for a rug pad for your home, it’s important to consider the thickness of the rug that the pad will be placed under, as this will ensure that your rug does not become a tripping hazard. However, another thing to consider is the material that the rug pad is made of. This is because some materials offer different benefits than others.
The strongest and best performing felt pad is a dense, non-woven, needle-punched, solution-dyed, hypo-allergenic (no plant or animal fibers) felt made of 100% synthetic fiber. This type of padding does not aggravate allergies, does not break down chemically, resists mildew and rot and insulates against cold floors while providing maximum structural protection to your area rugs. You can’t rip this pad apart or punch through it. It lasts at least 10 years while continuously controlling and protecting your rugs.
Felt pads are especially popular to use with Oriental area rugs surch as Persian rug. They provide a luxurious cushioned feeling underfoot and offer thermal- and sound-insulation benefits.
However, despite providing protection for both the floor and rug, felt rug pads do not altogether prevent unwanted movement. To compensate and bring together the best of both worlds, many manufacturers combine felt and rubber in one pad. The rubber creates the nonslip benefit not present in felt alone.
100% Natural RUBBER
These rug pads are made entirely of natural rubber. This rug pad is ideal for situations where you want a nonskid pad but have limited height clearance, such as for a door-swing area. However, the thinness of this pad means it doesn’t offer insulation or cushioning.
For people who have allergies to latex products, a wool rug pad is a good alternative. It’s a biodegradable, renewable, sustainable resource. Wool is also inherently flame retardant and thermally and acoustically insulating. However, wool may pose a problem for people with airborne allergies.
We recommend avoiding any kind of cheap PVC rug pads as the quality is many times hard to determine and use of this kind of rug pads may result in discoloration, staining of your floor finish or even falling apart.
RUG PADS SUITABLE FOR ORIENTAL PERSIAN RUGS
For area rugs such as our Persian rugs, we highly recommend a purchase of non woven, needle-punched felt pads. These are hypo-allergenic, acts as a shock absorber and will prevent premature wear in heavy traffic areas (extend the life of your rug) as well as provide a comfortable cushioned feel.
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