Downsizing to a condo or apartment? The content of your 3000 square foot home just isn’t going to fit in your new 1200 square foot modern day condo. A living room that was 20’ x 30’ is now just 12’ x 14’ not to mention a serious décor changes may have to be undertaken. The question now is what we do with those Persian and Oriental Rugs that you’ve collected over the years. Here we have three things to consider.
1)Keep the small rugs. The smaller rugs can be a keepsake and a connection to the past, if you have a place in your new home, have the rugs washed and repaired if necessary and then find a spot and decorate around them. Small Persian Rugs can add a color dimension to what is usually a modern, sanitized and less homey condo environment.
2)Pass you rugs down to the next generation. It was common in the past to hear people mention how they inherited their Persian rugs from friends or family. It still happens, but not as much. Your children or relatives who appreciate Persian rugs and art will remember this thoughtful gesture. Every time they walk over the rug, they will think of you and your generosity.
3) Sell Your Oriental Rugs. If all else fails, you can find a buyer and sell your rugs. Find a dealer that can offer a current market evaluation (todays value) and that will be your starting point. You can post your rugs on classified site like Kijiji. Another option is seeking out a dealer who may be interested buying old oriental rugs. The rug would have to be old and unique for a dealer to consider buying the piece outright. An even better idea would be to find a dealer who you could consign the rug to. The right dealer would sell the rug at a fair market retail value and you would pay a commission after the rug has sold. Stay away from auctions. Auction houses attract buyers that pay little for anything. There is a lot of uncertainty when selling at auction and you will likely be disappointed at the outcome.
If you decide to hang on to your rugs until you find a resolution, have them professionally washed and wrapped. Store them in a well lite and dry place where you can keep an eye on them. Never store them in a damp basement or storage unit. Contact us if you have any questions.
These are just a couple of things that oriental rug lovers should keep in mind. If you have any question, just contact us. We would love to hear from you! Find a carpet cleaner who specialize in Oriental and area rug cleaning. The right carpet cleaner will take proper care of your Persian and oriental rugs.
If you’ve inherited a Persian rug that has sentimental value, then it is likely worth repairing.
Usually most people who inherit an oriental rug have a personal attachment to it. Memories of when they were a kid, playing on the rug when visiting close relative, creates an undeniable attachment. If this is the case, then in most cases it is a good idea to repair the so that you can enjoy it for another generation. At the very least the rug should be repaired so any further damage is eliminated. In many cases it is not as importuned to do a full restoration unless you really love the rug or it’s a unique work of art.
Antique Persian and Oriental Rugs.
If you are fortunate to own a unique antique rug Persian or Otherwise and it is need of repair than you may consider an all-out retardation project. Antique and estate rugs nit only have eutectic beauty, they may also have exceptional monetary value. There is strong market demand for unique rugs and carpets. The value of these rugs will be somewhat maintained if the repairs are done by hand by a qualified rug restorer. Check with us. We offer free consultation.
Top 10 Persian Rugs
These days we can no longer discriminate regarding when it comes to country of origin. Although Persian rugs are the most sought after, there are rugs from China, British India and Turkey as well as Caucasian Rugs from the Caucasus that are worthy. It isn’t enough being an antique rug, it must be an exceptional antique rug, regardless of origin.
Decorative Rugs It takes time, brain power that you don’t want to waste, to shop for a new rug. Therefore, it may be a good idea just to wash and repair the existing rug (if it already works in your decor) and avoid a bunch of trips to the rug store. Who’s got time? That all we got to say about that.
Washing Your Vintage Rug
You really don’t know how dirty your oriental rug is until you have it cleaned. If you buy an antique or vintage oriental and Persian rug online, from a private seller or an estate auction, then you should have it cleaned before you lay it out in your home. You May not notice but rugs that have been on the floor for years accumulate dead skin, dog and pet dander and all kinds of nasty spills that were wiped up but no thoroughly cleaned. Those stains are still there. You just don’t know whats on that carpet. A thorough handwashing will remove those nasty stains and bodily fluids of the last owner and their family. Oriental and area rugs should be cleaned every 2-3 years especially vintage and antique rugs that were recently purchased
Repairing Your Vintage Rugs
Usually antique and vintage rugs need some sort of repair. The proper repair will maintain the integration of your rug and carpet. One of the worst things that a rug repairer can do is put machine fringes on an antique or vintage Persian rug. It is not only ugly; the glue will cause the end of the rug to deteriorate rapidly over years. Proper fringing, binding and re-weaving will maintain the aesthetic and investment value of your rug.