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Modern, Antique & Vintage Rugs

One of the easier characteristics to identify of an Oriental rug is often the age. Of course there are variables that may cause premature wear or color fading in a newer rug causing it to appear older, but for the most part rugs can be split into different categories by age.

Modern or contemporary rugs are those rugs woven in the last 20 years or so. Quality varies depending on origin, however when compared with a rug woven 40+ years ago it is easy to tell the difference. There is one complication when dealing with modern rugs. When some rug dealers discovered the market for antique rugs, they wanted to appeal to decorators and designers by wearing down the pile of their freshly woven rugs. The wear gives the appearance of an antique rug, however these rugs are not antique. After practicing, it should be relatively easy to determine whether a rug is antique or new by inspecting the weave. The rug pictured below is a contemporary Indian scatter rug.

Oriental rug

Red Oriental Rug

Indian Rug

Weave of an Oriental rug

Sometimes customers confuse the terms antique and vintage. An item is typically classified as antique if it was made 100 or more years ago, while a semi antique object would be around 50-100 years old. The terms semi antique and vintage are often used interchangeably. Vintage can describe an item over around 40 years old, but it can also describe a specific period in time. The rug pictured below is a vintage Persian Karaja rug.

Persian Karaja rug

Vintage Persian Karaja

Note the differences between the vintage Persian rug above and the first contemporary Indian rug pictured before it.

For further comparison, note the fine weave of the antique Persian Kirman below. Although many antique rugs are worn due to traffic wear and use, there are some which are preserved either from being hung on a wall or not laid on the floor. Therefore, if you come across a rug without wear it doesn’t necessarily mean it is not antique. Many professionals often have their antique rugs restored, making them appear as though they have just come off the loom.

Persian rug

Weave of an Antique Persian Kirman rug

Antique Persian Rug

Antique Persian Kirman rug

Do you like antique rugs, or modern rugs? Personally, I like them all.

Find these rugs and more at JessiesRugs.com

How to Take Care of Oriental Rugs

It’s the time of year when boots come out of the closet, salt and sand are spread on the roads and sidewalks, and everyone is trekking ice and dirt into the house. So how do you protect your antique rugs from damage without rolling them up and putting them into storage?

  1. Regular vacuuming. Vacuuming your rugs weekly or more often will help prevent abrasive sand and salt from being embedded underneath the pile of the rug causing premature wear. If you are unsure of the best method of vacuuming your carpet, read our rug guide on vacuuming.Vacuuming rugs
  2. Spare Mats At Entryways. Having a few spare mats around 2′ x 3′ laid out at doors and entrance ways will help remove some of the dirt and water on your guests’ boots.
  3. Rotating. By rotating rugs placed in high-traffic areas or areas in direct sunlight, you allow for an even distribution of wear. Ideally, rugs are not placed in direct sunlight as it may cause fading. Rotating your rugs monthly is a good idea so they don’t end up with an unsightly area of wear from foot traffic.
  4. Common Repairs. Inspecting your rug for damage every once in a while is important. Catching moths early before they eat the wool pile can save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. Also, simple repairs such as overcasting to protect the fringe ends from losing knots, or re-binding of edges to secure them will also save your rug.
  5. Professional Cleanings. Whether you have your rugs professionally cleaned or follow this DIY guide, it is important to clean your rugs yearly or every two years depending on traffic. Springtime is often the most popular time to clean rugs after a long winter of grime and dirt.