Are Persian Rugs Worth The Hype?
You get the first hint that authentic Persian rugs are different from other rugs just by looking at one. The beautifully intricate and colourful designs can be simply mesmerizing.
The second clue that they are different, and one that is almost equally spellbinding, is the price tag. Regardless of how beautiful they look and feel, or how long they last, the fact that they can cost you a paycheque or two means you can’t be blamed for wondering why are Persian rugs so expensive and if they really are worth the hype.
4 Reasons Why Persian Rugs Are So Expensive
There are many reasons for the high cost of Persian carpets. To give you an idea of just how far they are above the rest, to say that they are the Rolls Royce of the rug industry would do them a disservice. It goes beyond that and here’s why.
- Each One is a Unique, Handmade Work of Art – Even when two rugs are made using the same pattern, there will be differences discernible to a trained eye. The Persian rug you buy is yours and yours alone
- The Materials – Silk-on-silk Persian rugs, which can be among the most expensive, are made with a fine but durable silk thread, hand woven into a silk foundation. If you ever want to know if the rug you are considering is made from real silk, rub the palm of your hand over the surface of the rug. If your palm gets warm, it’s real silk. Machine-made silk doesn’t warm to the hand.
- The Time it Takes – Even handmade Persian rugs made from less expensive materials, like wool and cotton, can be pricey because of how long it takes to make each one. Depending on the size of the rug, it can take millions of knots to create it, all done by hand.
- The Design – The design of a particular rug can increase prices for two reasons. First, many many designs are representative of where the rug was woven. Rugs from some areas, including Tabriz, Nain and Kashan, will command a higher price. Second, the more curves in the design, and how many knots are needed to create the design, will also increase the price.
Needless to say, if you are fortunate enough to be the proud owner of a real Persian rug, you’ll want to do everything you can to take care of it. When it’s time to clean your rug, let Parkers specialists pick it up and expertly clean it for you, on our premises, before returning it to you. That way, you know it’s always in good hands.
If you want to learn more about keeping all your area rugs and carpets clean, check out our post “How Many Times a Day Do You Walk on Your Carpets or Area Rugs?”.