Antique Oriental rugs have long been looked at as a symbol of elegance and character. The oldest known carpet, the Pazyryk carpet estimated to be woven in the 5th century BC is a fine example of antique rug weaving. Antique Oriental rugs are typically labeled as such if they were woven more than 100 years ago, however generally those woven over 70 years ago are often called antique.
Little has changed in carpet weaving since it began. Many of the same materials are used and antique designs can still be found in carpets woven today. As with many other antiques, antique Oriental rugs only get better with age as patina develops and rich jewel tones emerge. As long as your rugs are properly taken care of, they will hold their value as they age. Authentic Oriental rugs are a valuable family heirloom to hold on to. Learn more about how to take care of worn, distressed Persian rugs with our guides.
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