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BUYING GUIDE

An antique carpet, while utilitarian in practice, is in essence – art. Just as no two pieces of art are the same so too is it with carpets. Weigh each carpet on its own merits. The value of a rug is determined by its beauty and uniqueness, by the durability of its materials and by the level of workmanship that went into its creation.

Assess your needs and priorities: Clients invest in antique carpets for different reasons, for different venues and with different priorities. Thinking about how and where this carpet will be used will help narrow your options. Regardless of your own personal priorities, good condition should be paramount.

Measure Accurately: Antique carpets are truly one of a kind, rarely found in what we today would consider "standard" sizes. It is therefore imperative that you spend time assessing your true minimum and maximum for both length and width allowable. While your ideal size is important, knowing your absolute parameters are invaluable when it comes having the most options available for your space.

Focus: The array of choices in antique carpets can bewilder even the most savvy of clients. Sometimes the answers to a few key questions can help focus the process. Is this an informal or formal space? Do you like large patterns or small? Geometric or floral? Bring in color inspirations, fabrics, images that you respond to.

Speak up: A seasoned antique rug professional will be able to glean clues from how you respond to various choices and thus more effectively guide you to your ideal piece. It is therefore important that you choose not only a reputable rug establishment, but one with knowledgeable professionals that you feel comfortable with.

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