Turkish Rug Buying Guide

Although Turkish rugs are quite pricey, you’re buying an investment piece that you’ll be able to pass down to your future children and grandchildren. Antique Turkish rugs only get better with age and their value also increases the longer you have them. Although the investment might be a lot up front, the payoff can be huge later on. However, many consumers aren’t aware of certain things they need to know when buying Turkish rugs. To help you with your grand purchase, here are some things you should consider when investing in Antique Turkish rugs before you head to carpet shops:

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  1. Price: Never tell the seller what your budget is and negotiating will be part of the buying experience, so either take someone you know who is good at negotiating with you or learn some useful negotiating skills. If you tell them the price, you’re basically asking to simply pay full price! No matter how much you might want to disclose this, simply bite your tongue and do your best to bring it down.
  2. Size: Also, know the size of the carpet you’re interested in (knowing the size in meters is also helpful). The more accurate you are with the size, the better service you’ll end up getting. This tells the seller that you’re very serious about buying and that you know exactly what you want.
  3. Material: You’ll also want to know the material you’d like your rug to be made of. Silk is the most expensive, while wool-cotton is the least. The quality of materials used also determines how much you’ll end up paying. Machine spun fibers are usually cheaper than hand spun silk and wool. You can actually feel the difference and the price will be 2 to 4 times more the better one.
  4. Type: There are a number of different Turkish rugs and knowing which one you prefer will help with price. This will also help you figure out which motifs and colors you prefer since each type does have their own differences.
  5. Color: Knowing what color you want will help the seller provide you with options and prices. The type of dye used is very important and will impact price and quality. Natural dyes are more expensive and hold the color better than chemical dyes. Also, the different regions usually have different color schemes, so depending on what your preference is, you’ll want to do your research to see what your options are.
  6. Motif and style: There are many styles and motifs when it comes to antique Turkish rugs. The colors and shapes can vary depending on the region it was made, the type of rug and more. Every color and shape has a purpose and tells a story. Take the time to really understand the story behind the motif and style of the carpet that you’re interested in so that it has more meaning.
  7. Age: The older the Turkish rug is, the more valuable it will be. Older carpets that are made in villages are considered works of art and their price reflects this. But new carpets can still feature amazing quality and it then becomes a personal choice whether you want to invest in something that’s older or newer.
  8. Handmade: A handmade Turkish rug is probably the biggest trait when it comes to price. There are actually two kinds of handmade rugs. The most expensive ones are made from women in the mountain villages of Anatolina, Iran. Other villages are also known for making quality handmade antique Turkish rugs and might be cheaper in price. To tell if it’s really handmade, look for defects since it won’t be perfect.