Below you will some of most common antique rug questions and answers:
- Why an Antique rug?
- On the functional level, it is worth knowing that rugs produced on automated looms often contain knots so uniformly and tightly packed together that they lose their tractability, warmth and suppleness in the process. These rugs wear much faster and provide an inferior visual and tactile appeal.
- An Antique rug well exceeds its function and ornamental quality. It is more than a good-looking and warm field under your feet.
- The Antique rug you own is a one-of-a kind. There is no two like it in the world. It has crossed generations, travelled through many countries and is now in your home. It’s yours. Imagine the lives it touched; the history it has witnessed. Imagine the invaluable stories Antique rugs would tell if they could speak!
- Product of an artist’s mind, made by hands, sum result of superior skills and designs often passed along and honed over generations, an Antique rug qualifies as an actual piece of Art.
- Everything about an Antique rug looks and feels very much alive; hence its special power to transform and enliven a room.
- We believe that the life that made it is inherently and forever weaved in the rug and silently breathes life in your space and create that imperceptible yet real presence that makes your home a Home with a Soul.
- Least but not last, Antique rugs are meant to last and increase in value as they age.
2. Can I trust I am buying a real Antique rug?
- We work with seasoned Experts in the field and they ONLY buy (real) Antique rugs. We guarantee the Authenticity of every rug we sell and proudly put our reputation behind it.
- To qualify as an ‘Antique rug’, the rug has to be handmade and at least 80 years of age.
- We announce ‘origin’ and ‘time period’ for each of our Antique rugs, to the best of our knowledge.
- If the rug has been repaired or restored, we will mention it clearly. No surprise.
3. How can I tell an Antique rug from a mechanical rug?
- Without any expertise, but with some eye-education, you can tell.
- Do what Antique dealers do, flip a corner of the rug and observe its foundation. The ‘Truth is in the back’. Look for unevenness and run if you see suspicious uniformity and smoothness, overt signs of automation. Weavers manually insert the knots into the foundation and tie each knot by hand. You won’t see individual knots at the back of a machine made rug because there are none. The pile is held together by an overstitch construction and this smooth overstitch pattern is what you can see on the entire back of a machine made rug.
- The fringe should be part of the body of the rug as it was formed during the weaving process and not after the completion of the rug, sewn on it.
- The colors should look just as natural as their earthy source: red from the crushed, dried insects, blue from the indigo plant, henna orange, hollyhock purple, pomegranate yellow and gallnut black. Natural dyes should be as bright and rich in color as a bunch of flowers.
- Also, look for color variations. The dyeing process was manual, using wool dyed in different batches. With machine made rugs, the materials used are typically dyed in a single batch and colors are uniform throughout.
- Dyes also differ in the way they penetrate the fiber. Bend the carpet to expose individual threads from the base to the tip. Synthetic dyes color them evenly whereas natural ones show variations.
- Establishing ‘origin’ and ‘age’ takes knowledge. You have to be familiar with the different types of Styles and Designs developed over time and over the world, know every single tribe’s signature design, weaving techniques and dies…
- Thanks to our partnerships with reputable Antique dealers, we are able to announce approximating times of creation.
4. How do you determine the value of an Antique rug?
- Like any piece of Art, the value is based on a certain number of tangible factors. We look at size, rarity, quality of wool, presence of other precious elements like silk, weaving techniques and quality of the weave, color/dies rarity, condition, age, design.
- Even a small rug is the product of several months of work by one person or several people weaving in concert.
- At AHAS, we chose to focus on bringing you Antique rugs that remain accessible, as we strive to make as many people aware of the beauty of living with Antique rugs.
PICKING MY RUG
- What Styles or Designs should I pick?
- There are no rules. It is fundamentally a matter of taste and your personal inclination towards certain types of rug styles and designs. Trust yourself. If you need an advice, we are here. See: Rug recommendation
- If possible, start designing your room with the rug first. Think of it as a statement and complement with swatches and furniture afterwards.
- If the room is furnished already, think about the experience you want to want to create. It depends on you/your personality, the purpose of the room.
- Choose a design and a set of colors that match your personality. Good matches insure long-lasting happiness. You will never get bored with it.
2. What Size is right?
- Unless acoustic is the problem and you are looking for maximal sound absorption, or your floor is poor-looking, you do not have to cover the entire area.
- It’s really totally up to you. There are no rules, really. It is a good idea to mark different areas within the same room with different rugs, e.g. dining area from living area. Most of all, design your space in a way that makes you happy. We guarantee that once you will discover the joy of living with Antique rugs, you will add more to your Home.
3. What if I don’t like the rug I acquired?
- Please check out our Purchase Policy.