How to Buy an Oriental Rug
Where to buy:
Find a reputable dealer who is an expert. They should specialize in hand-made rugs and have a large selection.
Unless it’s an established and a reputable dealer, avoid going to “out of business” sales and traveling rug dealers. Believe me, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is!
What to look for:
What about my décor?
To the extent possible, ignore décor and designs, and find something that you love to look at first. Any professional designer can help with decorating around a piece which you love. Sometimes that is not practical and I understand, the point here is to find a piece of art you’d love to look at each and everyday.
*Historically, Persia was the common name used by western countries for Iran (pronounced e-ron) until 1935 when the country was officially named Iran. The words Iranian and/or Persian represent the same proud nation and people.
**Weave refers to the unique pattern of knot formations on the back of rugs.
***bofandeh means “weaver” in Farsi (Persian) which is the language of Iran.