Important Guide To Buying Oriental Rugs

Buying an oriental rug is a big choice. Not only because it is an investment but also because it is likely to last you many years. That’s right, with the right care your Oriental rug will last for generations. It is for this reason that there are a number of key factors you need to keep in mind when buying your next oriental rug. Here is our essential and important guide to buying the perfect Oriental rug.


When looking for the perfect Oriental rug you need to make sure that you choose the right material. Some of the best handmade Oriental rugs are composed of silk or wool or even a combination of both. The base of the rug, which is also called the warp, can feature wool, silk or even cotton. If you are looking for an easy to maintain a rug, then we suggest wool. It is easier to clean a woolen rug than it is a silk rug.

One of the most popular wools for Oriental rugs is handspun wool. These types of rugs offer irregular wollen twists which allow for the rug dyes to catch in an uneven manner. This effect is also called abrash. The pile or top of the rug would also feel rough. The most popular silk threads used origin from India, Persia, and China.

Shape and Size

Before heading to the store to buy that perfect Oriental rug, we recommend that you accurately measure out the area where you plan to put the rug. The best way to get an idea of how big your rug will be and how it will look in a specific place is to measure out the area using tape. Next, step back and take a good look at the area. Will the rug fit in there? Do you want a table or chair leg on the rug?


If you want to buy a rug with a finer weave then you need to buy a rug with a higher knot count. Rugs with a higher knot count will most likely also feature more detail. This works in much the same way as an imaged shown to your on an HD TV when compared to an image which is not in HD. The more detailed the rug the more expensive it is likely to be.


When choosing the right rug for your home you will be faced with the choice of geometric, curvilinear or both in patterns. When we refer to Geometric patterns we can compare it to patterns which resemble diamonds. Curvilinear patterns refer to the patterning of a floral nature. When you choose both, the patterning on the rug really is unique.


When you enter a shop dealing in Oriental rugs you will be quite taken aback. You’ll see patterns and colours you wish could fit into your home and you’ll want to buy more than one. The most important thing you need to do when setting out to buy an Oriental rug is to set a budget. You need to know ahead of time what you will be able to spend on the rug.