Myths of the Persian Carpet

Myths of the Persian Carpet

Even though carpets are pretty, we always think twice before decorating the home with one. The thought of having an ethnic carpet spread across the entire living space is splendid, but then again, the thought of maintaining it, is tiresome. We also doubt the authenticity of the rug and think there’s no way of verifying it. Here’s where our mindsets have to change. There are many myths associated with the great Persian carpet. Let’s take a look at how many of them are actually true.

  • Silk Rugs Are Good For The Floors.

False. Silk carpets are gorgeous, and you would like to have them adorn your floors, but they are expensive and not very easy to clean. Of course, the raw silk used is of the highest quality but once they become soiled and exposed to all kinds of spills, it takes professional help to return it to its original look. It’s best as wall hangings or in rooms that won’t have too much of activity.

  • Persian Carpets Cannot Be Washed

False again. It was often believed that washing the carpet will loosen the fiber and make the colour run. It may be true in case of poor-quality rugs, but if it’s a well-constructed Persian carpet with high quality silk, wool or any other fiber, it can be washed. Different rugs will have different instructions of cleaning it like dip and dry, cold wash, hand wash, etc. It is recommended to wash the carpet at least once a year for sanitary purpose.

  • Knot Count Is The Best Indication Of Carpet Value

True. In the olden days, the knot count defined the value of the Nain and Isfahan Persian Carpets. It’s true even today but not to such a great extent, and so, we can conclude that knot count partially defines the value of the carpet. In practical terms, greater the knots per sq. inch, higher the price per sq. foot. Hence, knot count as a value indicator can never be eradicated. However, in the secondhand market, knot count isn’t considered at all.

  • The Persian Carpet Appreciates In Value Over Time

False. An old rug is an old rug no matter which era it is from. It may be from the palace of a great king, but it is made from fiber and it will wear out over time. The quality of the rug will not fetch a higher value but if there is an art collector who recognizes the sentimental value and is a fan of the period its from, they might be willing to pay a greater price for it. The history, therefore, is as important as the quality of the rug. Some rugs are worth restoring based on their history and can then be auctioned as art.

  • Persian Rugs Can Be Identified Only By Design

False. Persian carpets have numerous identification factors. The design is just one of them. The type of knots, the age of the textile, the signature on the rug, the oriental history and the overall construction of it are some of the other components used by experts to identify an authentic Oriental or Persian rug.

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