The Value of an Oriental Rug

The Value of an Oriental Rug

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Much like other treasured pieces of furniture and home décor, Oriental rugs are often appraised for value. Rug appraisal is an important way to get information about the value, age, and origin of your investment. Although we don’t perform appraisals on site, we think it’s important to share what criteria goes into determining the value of an Oriental rug.

Professional experts typically perform rug appraisals for both new and antique rugs for resale and insurance purposes. Below are some criteria that can prove helpful when investing in an Oriental rug:

Quality and Craftsmanship

Many antique rugs have been handed down through generations and are still in demand today because of high-quality hand-knotting, plant dyes, and other handiwork that wears and lasts beautifully. The better the craftsmanship, the higher the worth of the rug.


The better condition of the rug, the higher is its worth. Taking care of an antique rug is well worth the effort, as any and all repair work can not only be hidden but it will increase the rug’s value as well.


Unfortunately, fashion does come and go, and the same is true for antique and Oriental rugs. The more classic the style, the higher is the value of the rug. Classics never go out of style!


In general, larger rugs tend to be worth more. One unique exception to this “rule” is if it is a rug of an unusual size, it may not be as valuable, simply because the size isn’t the norm. This affects smaller rugs more than large ones, but it is a factor that can matter.


Natural dyes are far preferred over synthetics, as they simply “age” better and give the rug a soft and weathered patina that synthetics cannot rival.


An older rug may not be as valuable as you may think if it is made from synthetic materials. Natural rugs are preferred not only for their durability, but also because they age well, and their natural dyes and oils give the rug a gloss, patina, and melding of color that synthetics cannot mimic.

If you are looking for the best selection of high quality, hand-knotted Oriental rugs in the Metro DC area, look no further than J & J Oriental Rug Gallery. With the criteria listed above in mind, you can’t go wrong when buying an Oriental rug from us for any room. If you are looking for an Oriental rug to complete the look of a room(s) in your home, please come visit our showroom. Remember, the right way to dress your floor is just a call away: 703-548-0000.