Preowned Hand-Knotted Rugs - Your Questions Answered

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Hand-knotted rugs are considered among the most beautiful and luxurious floor coverings. Skilled artisans from around the world knot each strand of wool or silk by hand, resulting in a durable, long-lasting rug with intricate patterns and textures.
For over 12 years, Around the Block has sold finely crafted rugs on consignment in Greater Toronto. In this post, we answer some of the most frequently asked questions about what makes hand-knotted rugs valuable, how to care for your rugs, and what to look for when purchasing rugs on consignment.

What makes a hand-knotted rug valuable?

Hand-knotted rugs tend to be more valuable than those made by machines because they are made by highly skilled craftspeople who spend many hours knotting together colourful strands of high-quality materials into amazing intricate designs.

Many people wonder whether hand-knotted rugs are an investment that holds their value over time. Some rugs can retain or even increase in value; however, there are factors to consider, such as the age, condition, and rarity of the rug. 

In general, antique rugs and those made by renowned artisans or those in limited quantities are more likely to hold their value or appreciate over time. But several factors contribute to the value of a hand-knotted rug, including:

  • Quality of materials. Rugs made from high-quality wool or silk are often more valuable than those made from synthetic fibres or lower-quality materials.
  • Knot count. The higher the knot count, the more intricate and detailed the pattern can increase the rug's value.
  • Age and rarity. Antique rugs and those made in limited quantities are often more valuable due to their rarity and historical significance.
  • Design and pattern. Rugs with unique or intricate designs and patterns are often more valuable than simpler ones.

In addition to value, hand-knotted rugs are known for their durability and can last many years with proper care. Some antique hand-knotted rugs can even last for hundreds of years.

How do I clean my hand-knotted rug?

It's essential to clean your fine rug regularly to keep it looking its best. Vacuum the carpet regularly, and have it professionally cleaned every few years. Avoid using harsh chemicals or cleaning solutions that could damage the rug.
What is the difference between Oriental rugs and Persian rugs?

All Persian rugs are Oriental rugs, but not all Oriental rugs are Persian rugs. Oriental rugs are hand-knotted or hand-woven rugs produced in countries across Asia, including Iran (formerly Persia), Turkey, India, China, and others.

Persian rugs, on the other hand, are a type of Oriental rug that is made explicitly in Iran. Persian rugs are gold-standard Oriental rugs, considered among the finest examples of hand-woven rugs in the world.

What are the most popular regions for hand-crafted rugs?

Hand-knotted rugs are made worldwide, but some regions are more well-known for their rug-making traditions than others. Here are a few of the most popular areas. 

Persia (Iran). Persian rugs are the world's most famous and highly prized hand-knotted rugs. They are known for their intricate designs, including floral motifs, geometric patterns, and medallions.
Turkey. Known for their high-quality wool and vibrant colours, Turkish rugs feature a variety of patterns and designs, including medallions, geometric shapes, and floral motifs.
India. Indian rugs are often characterized by their intricate floral patterns and bright colours. They are made using high-quality wool and silk and are known for their durability and softness.
Morocco. Famous for their bold geometric patterns and bright colours, Moroccan rugs are often made from natural fibres such as wool and cotton and feature a thick, plush pile perfect for cozying up on.

What Should You Look for When Buying Used Rugs?

If you're interested in buying a preowned rug, keep a few things in mind to ensure you get a high-quality carpet that fits your needs. 

  • Check the condition. Before purchasing a rug, inspect it thoroughly for any damage, stains, or wear and tear. A high-quality consignment store like Around the Block will note the condition and explain what, if any, defects the rug might have. Ask the store if they have cleaned or repaired the rug before putting it on consignment.
  • Know the style. Rugs come in many different types, from traditional to contemporary. Make sure you know what style you're looking for before heading to the consignment store so you can narrow down your options.
  • Measure your space. Before buying an area rug, measure the area where you plan to put it. This will help you determine the size of the rug you need and ensure that it fits in the space.
  • Consider the material. Rugs can be made from various materials, including wool, silk, cotton, and synthetic fibres. Consider the fabric when making your purchase, as it will affect the durability, texture, and overall look of the rug.
  • Check the origin. Handmade rugs are often more valuable than machine-made rugs, so make sure you know if the carpet is hand-knotted or hand-tufted. Also, check the origin of the rug. Persian and Turkish rugs, for example, are highly prized for their craftsmanship and design.
  • Look for quality. The quality of a rug depends on several factors. Look for rugs with a high knot count, a tight weave, and high-quality materials to ensure a durable and long-lasting rug.

By keeping these tips in mind, you can find a high-quality rug on consignment that fits your style and budget.

Around the Block for Quality Rug Consignment

Whether you are looking for a beautiful used Persian rug for your home or hoping to sell a rug you’ve owned for years, consider Around the Block consignment store for your needs.  With over 12 years of experience, knowledge, and commitment to quality rug consignment, we are the area’s destination for rugs, home furnishings, art, decor, and more. Be sure to check out our wide selection of preowned rugs online or stop by our showroom to see our complete selection.

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