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Rug Buying Tips
Below, you may find some suggestions to consider if you're planning to buy
a rug:

1- If you do not know Oriental rug, try to know your Oriental rug dealer. He should
be knowledgeable and should not insist in selling you a rug. You as a customer
should not feel you are under pressure. The rug dealer should provide you with the
right information, based on which you can make a sound and informative decision.
Choosing the right store and the right dealer is the most important job in your rug
buying process.

2- When you buy a Persian or Oriental rug, ask the dealer to write down on the
invoice whatever he claims the rug to be. For example "Hand knotted Persian rug
with vegetable dye and handspun wool". Ask him to give you a copy of his return
policy. This should be simple and clear and not with many preconditions.

3- Never trust "Going Out of Business" rug stores or traveling auctions. In many
cases, "Retirement Sales", are also not trustable.

4- Do not trust those who claim to give you 80% off. Think for a moment. Is it
possible to buy a hand knotted (or handmade)  rug and pay only 20% of what it is
worth? Why should somebody do this?

5- Material of the rug you would like to buy is very important. Wool is the best
material for pile. Silk pile is luxurious, but is not good for high traffic areas of your
home. The warp (foundation of the rug) can be cotton, wool or silk. Usually, tribal
rugs are made of wool warp. Machine made and area rugs may look beautiful, but
there maybe some health issues and concerns with them compared with hand
knotted rugs which use natural fibers such as cotton, wool and silk.

6- To make sure a silk rug is real, take a little piece of the fringe (warp) and burn it.
If it leaves a little stem, it is silk, if it disintegrates, it is not real and is probably rayon.
Some dealers refer to rayon in the rug industry as "artificial silk", or worse "art silk",
in either case, it is not silk. A lot of Silk rugs from India, China, and Pakistan are not
real silk so make sure you know what you are buying. A reputable rug dealer should
always tell you clearly what material a rug is made with.

7- Choosing the right size is very important. Make sure to measure the place   
correctly before referring to any rug store. Try to get standard size rug compared
with odd sizes. The usual standard sizes in foot are: 5 x 3, 8 x 5,
9 x 6, 10 x 8, 12 x 9, and 14 x 10. The usual width for runners is 2' 6".

8- Color is another important factor in selecting a rug. The color of the rug      
should match with the wall, furniture, draperies, and other items surrounding
it. Light colors make the room look bigger.

9- Design of a rug is a matter of taste. Some people like busier designs while other
may prefer less crowded designs with more open field. In classical and traditional
rugs, there is a medallion in the center with a corner medallion (1/4 of a medallion)
in each corner. Another design group is overall with no center medallion while there
are big flowers and motives. This design is more popular than the classical designs.
Persian rugs have a vast collection of designs which can satisfy many different
types of customers.

10- Price is also another important factor which you should consider. There is no
one formula based on which you can determine the price of a hand knotted rug.
Variables such as size, origin, quality of the wool and dye, density of the knots,
material and … are important factors.