Pricing Persian Rugs
When it comes to pricing a Persian rug, several factors are at work.
The first is, of course, whether or not they are handmade. Machine-made rugs are predictably cheaper than the hand-made ones, but they are not comparable in terms of quality and endurance. Machine-made rugs drop in value over time. Handmade rugs, if kept properly, gain more and more value over the years. Thus collectors traditionally buy more handmade Persian rugs as profitable investments and valuable legacies.
Another factor affecting the price is the material. The most common materials used in weaving Persian rugs are wool, cotton, and silk. Although the use of silk will result in a fine and wonderful texture, the pricing will rise dramatically. However, silk rugs are comparatively less durable than wool and cotton ones. Collectors more commonly purchase silk rugs for decorative purposes only such as hanging on the wall. Many dealers offer a mixed fiber option typically made of wool or cotton with silk embellishments. This results in a more balanced price point on a quality piece which is also durable.
Finally, another important factor in pricing Persian rugs is the number of knots per square meter, or in Persian “Gereh”. Turn the rug over. This shows the knots more clearly and facilitates counting. However, there is usually no need for doing because the most trustworthy stores will provide you with this information.
Basically, more knots mean a higher price point. The texture is smoother as a direct result of the more delicate and arduous work put into it. A lower knot count produces a bumpy texture clearly visible to the eye. The most common knot counts found when buying carpets are 10,000, 40,000, 90,000, 160,000 and 250,000 per square meter.