25 Oriental Rug Identification Tools

Learn these tips and tricks and you too can identify Oriental rugs.

1. If it was woven before World War 2, it is neither a Qum nor a Nain.

2. Hamadans (made in several hundred different villages in N.W. Iran) are tied with a symmetrical (Turkish) knot, have cotton warps and wefts, one row of wefts between each row of knots, and often are finished on one end with a simple fringe and the other with a webbing and no fringe.

3. Tabriz is the only Persian city-carpet woven with the symmetrical knot (except for a rare Turkbaff Mashed). The use of the Turkish knot in Hamadan and Tabriz is explained by the fact that Tabriz was once the capital of the Ottoman (Turkish) Empire and its predominate population is of Turkic people.

4. Pakistani “Bokharas” are on cotton foundations. Their Turkmen prototypes are woven on wool foundations except for some very new pieces.

5. Many of the tribal and village rugs from southern Iran have multicolored or “barber pole” selvages, such as Qashqa’is, Kamsehs and Afshars.

Old Kerman
Old Kermans like this one are distinguished by their purplish red, dyed from cochineal.

6. Quite often Afshars are in squarish sizes. They can be tied with either symmetrical or asymmetrical knots.

7. Cochineal, a dye derived from an insect, is a red color with a bluish or purplish hue. In Persian rugs it is found only in Kermans and Masheds and occasionally in Afshars—all of which are made in eastern Iran.

8. Karabaughs are the only Caucasian rugs in which cochineal is commonly found.

9. Cochineal is often found in old Indian rugs.

10. Modern Indian rugs usually can be distinguished from, say, Pakistani rugs by their very heavy body and stiff handle, their fat weft threads, and the fact that their selvages are added after the rugs are woven and are not an integral part of it.

Antique dyrnak-gul Yomud
Antique dyrnak-gul Yomud

11. Manchester Kashans were made around the turn of the century in Kashan, Iran with the same wool now used to make, for instance, Pakistani Bokharas- that is, machine spun wool from Marino sheep. They can be identified by their very soft wool pile and by their single-wrapped magenta silk selvages.

12. Turkmen rugs are tied with asymmetrical knots. The exception is Yomuds, most of which are tied symmetrically. Occassionally one sees Tekkes that have a few rows of symmetrical knots just inside their selvages.

13. Bidjars are the heaviest-bodied rugs in the known universe and can often be identified on that basis.

old Turkish rug
Careful examination of an old Turkish rug’s foundation reveals that its wefts, unlike those from other countries, are not twisted or spun.

14. Armenian Immigrant Rugs are those brought out of Armenia after the breakup of the Soviet Union by immigrants and merchants. The strongest clues that a rug falls into that category are full pile and hanging devices sewed to the backs of rugs, usually small, cloth loops. Strangely, the full pile of these rugs often is accompanied by severe damage to the foundation: holes in the body of the rug and eroded corners.

15. Old Turkish rugs can be distinguished from other tribal rugs by the fact that their wool weft threads are not twisted.

16. If it has synthetic dyes, it positively was made after 1865. If its dyes are natural, it may have been made any time in the past 3,000 to 5,000 years.

17. It is possible to confuse Lillihans with Hamadans. Often both have Sarouk-like designs and both are single-wefted rugs on a cotton foundation. However, Lillihans are woven with an asymmetrical knot, and Hamadans with the symmetrical knot.

18. In design, Hamadans and Kurdish rugs often are very similar. But Kurdish rugs are made on a wool foundation and Hamadans on cotton.

old Qashqai
Like Kazaks, old Qashqa’is often have red or pink wefts. Other old Shiraz-district rugs do not.

19. Qashqa’is are most often made with red or pink wefts.

20. Romanian rugs most often are woven with light blue wefts.

21. Karadjas, almost alone among all the Heriz District rugs, are single-wefted.

22. Sennehs are not woven with the Senneh (asymmetrical) knot. Rather, they are tied with the Turkish (symmetrical) knot.

23. Like Hamadans, Baktiaris most often are woven with the symmetrical knot and are single wefted. It is quite possible to confuse them. But if the rug in question wears a lot of rather strong yellow, most likely it is a Baktiari.

24. The most curvilinear of all the Heriz products is that from Ahar. Ahars are exceptionally heavy-bodied as well.

25. The most curvilinear of all the Hamadan products (in fact practically the only curvilinear Hamadan) is from the village of Borchalou. Often Borchalous are made in Sarouk-like designs and feature the color black.

80 Comments

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    Jane Dowling March 23, 2008

    I have an old oriental rug. It is a floral, unlike anything I have seen. It looks Russian to me. May I email you a pic of it?

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    Richard March 25, 2008

    Please do. Richard@internetrugs.com

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    Judy Brinker May 3, 2008

    Like Richard I have an unusual rug and do not know the origin…Atlanta auction house…I would also would like to email a picture of it soon Thank you..learning more and more so beautiful your expertise and simple “one line” helps. Tks Judy

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    Merle Palm June 28, 2008

    Very informative article! Thank you. I think I have been able to identify the small rug I inherited with my house – as a “Hamadan” (?) It definitely is hand woven, with the cotton single weft, finished with the webbing on one end and small fringe on the other, and the hand-stitched selvages. It also seems to embody the “barber pole” edges of the Tribal and Village rugs from S/Iran … very confusing, wish I could get expert opinion on this.

    I also have a very large carpet of this style, more professionally made – the pile is not knotted, seems to be just woven thru 2 strands of weft. This one is about a 9`x12`size.

    Anyway, I shall keep searching for more detailed info for identification. Thank you for your article.

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    Dave June 28, 2008

    @Merle – We’d love to take a look. You can send photos to erugs@internetrugs.com if you like.

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    Anonymous August 15, 2008

    erugs@internetrugs.com

    Sir,

    I hope that you can help me to idendify a rug. I have photos to help.

    I was given this rather old looking rug. The size is approx. 5′X7′. There is

    only a small border at one end, and a small fringe at the other. The shape

    is a bit distorted, It measures 50″ across where the 1/2″ border is and

    only 47″ across where the fringe is. The length is 77″ both sides.

    There seems to be repairs, but I’m not sure because the back looks

    original. The front has discolored areas across the rug, almost as if

    diffrent colored wool was used, and I do think it’s wool, it feels like it.

    There are three dimond shaped patterns in the middle, the two

    larger ones have what looks like a floral pattern. But the two are not

    lined-up the same, one is off center. It is not in good condition,

    there are some cigarette burn- marks , and the colours

    are not as vivid as in the photos, but I like it on my floor. Any help

    would be appreciated, name ,origin and especially age.

    I hope the photos will help.

    Regards and Thank You,

    Kurt Karlsson

    Orillia Ontario Canada

    kurtkarlsson9176@yahoo.ca

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    Benjamin Rahme October 6, 2008

    I have two antique rugs that were handed down in my family however we have no idea where they are from or their value. Is there any chance I could send some photos so you can have a look and give me an idea of are and when it as made and the value?

    Thanks

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    Richard October 8, 2008

    Please E-mail photos to Richard@internetrugs.com I’d be happy to take a look.

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    Jerry Lewis October 15, 2008

    Hi Richard,

    My wife’s father gave us a rug, it is beige with a very light tinge of blue. It measures approx. 8′-0 x 11′-0″ it has fringe on the short ends, and is extremely heavy. We know nothing about rugs, and sadly father in law has passed away. There is an identification tag sewn on the back the one legible thing on it is 12826. I can send a photo if you’d like.

    Thank you,

    Jerry Lewis

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    Richard October 18, 2008

    A photo would be most helpful. Richard@internetrugs.com

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    merry dillman November 3, 2008

    I was given 2 rugs maybe 2×4 ? I haven’t measured them, anyways my father got them in Tabriz,Iran 1954-57 ( he was stationed there by the Army.) I was wondering about them. One is a scene with camels and the other is a steam ship with what is suposed to be the “Rock of Gilbralter” not sure if I spelled that right… Can you tell me anything about them? My e-mail is ohtoncme@yahoo.com thanks for any info. Merry Dillman

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    Rikki Farrell January 28, 2009

    I have purchased a carpet from a friend. I have been told that is is a Bokhara Elephant Print and measured 9×12. May I send a photo to have this confirmed and have a rough appraisal? My e-mail is rikki_f@shaw.ca
    Thank you

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    Richard January 28, 2009

    Sure Rikki. Richard@internetrugs.com

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    Dave February 13, 2009

    Hello Richard
    I have a rug that has what I would call a southwest pattern, but i think it’s probably middle eastern. Is there a chance you could look at pics?

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    Richard February 14, 2009

    Be happy to take a look. Richard@internetrugs.com

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    Heidi March 2, 2009

    what does “SNO: 35″ (written on the rug’s label) refer to?

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    Richard March 4, 2009

    I’m sorry to say I have no idea.

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    morris salame March 27, 2009

    I have 2 rugs I was inherited from my parents that were purchased in NH as used rugs in 1921.One is an 8×10 and the other is a 3×5. The 8×10 is very heavy and thick, and the 3×5 has a very tiny knots and is thinner.
    can I send you pics?

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    Vicki Wilcox April 23, 2009

    My cousin bought a lakehouse in a very prominent area that was full of antiques. She isn’t that into antiques and gave me a “Rugno” Persian rug hand woven in China. It is 9.11 x 13.10 with the number 81014,it has fringe on each end, and is beautiful reds and blues. It has no tag on the back only a ticket with retail value of $14,995.00 that says the previous. How can I find out more as I cannot find Rugno anywhere? I do have pictures.

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    John Murray June 24, 2009

    I have a that has been in the family for awhile and nobody has any idea where it came from. Could you let me know if it looks familiar to you?

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    Mary Ellen July 25, 2009

    Please help me identify my rug which is 10′ 3″ long by 58″ wide.

    Thanks.

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    Doug Lassman July 30, 2009

    I have just been offered a rug which has tags and labels identifying it as Iranian, and it also has a string attached to it with a flat bronze lug on the string, there are logos on the lug on each side. Is this genuine or a knock-off??

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    Suzanne July 31, 2009

    Great tools!

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    andy August 1, 2009

    I was given this rug years ago as a gift and told that it was valuable, but that is all I know about it. I have to move soon into a much smaller apartment and want to sell the rug as there will be no room for it. I have no idea what it might be worth. Any guess?

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    Richard August 1, 2009

    Doug,
    Without seeing it I can’t say for sure but it sounds Authentic to me. I’d be happy to take a look if you’d like to send photos. E-mail them to the address above.

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    Richard August 1, 2009

    Andy,
    Send me a photo at the above address and I’d be happy to take a look.

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    Peter September 14, 2009

    Richard,

    I have a rug that has a tag stapled to one of the corners. It precisely reads:

    Item_No: U-7839
    Province:Khorasan
    Origin: Balouch
    Size(Cm): 175 x 99
    Size(Ft.): 5’9″ x 3’3″
    Fundation: Wool
    Pile: 100% Wool
    Age: Recently Made
    Condition: Excellent

    Made In Iran

    Then there is a bar code with the number: 2032390

    I do not have a camera otherwise I would send pictures. With that information, what can you tell me about the rug? Age? History? Value?

    Thanks!

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    jamie February 21, 2010

    i have a rug which is 105 inches long by 72 inches wide has no markings except a round lead weight with a stamp on it ,one side it says arina and on the other it has a pattern ,just wondered if you could help thanks jamie

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    Mark West November 20, 2010

    Great helpful article for furthering my knowledge of the art of rug making! I recently purchased a rug from a weekend open market in Kuwait City, Kuwait.

    This rug has led me in search of its origin as its unique deepest darkest green/blue black color I’ve seen just caught my eye and I had to purchase it and search its origin! I will send a picture to your website in hopes you can help me identify it as it was said to be Baluch!

    The flower pots as the medallions and pillars on the sides have me searching to its new or older motif! Thanks, Mark West

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    Steve Tyrrell November 26, 2010

    I have what I believe is a Persian Rug, it’s been in the family many years. 35″wide x 47″long plus each end has a knotted fringe about 3/4″ in length and linked together like a plat. So total length including fringe is 48-1/2″ The main colours are blue and red and some beige and I would say it is woven and not knotted. I have a phote which I can email but did not see the option to add it here, so if you can reply to stevetyrrell@hotmail.co.uk I can attached it and send it over. Any information you can provide would be appreciated.
    Regards
    Steve Tyrrell

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    Inessa Stewart December 1, 2010

    Nice Collection of Oriental rugs. Thank you Richard,

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    Richard December 3, 2010

    Steve,
    Just send it to expert@internetrugs.com and I’ll be happy to take a look.

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    Richard December 3, 2010

    Thanks Inessa!

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    Leonard Bozian February 20, 2011

    I have a Kerman rug, purchased just after WW2 about 1947 in New York from an Oriental rug dealer.

    The size is 12X20. It has insurance valued at $13500.00 many years ago.

    The rug has very good hand knotted fringe. Very good condition and recently cleaned by a professional oriental rug cleaner Hagopian and sons in Birmingham, Mi.

    Could you give an approximate value in todays market? Len Bozian E-mail len.bozian@yahoo.com

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    Liz February 20, 2011

    How do I tell if the rugs I purchased are even wool, or if they are something synthetic? The guy I purchased them from said they were wool, but who really knows?

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    Jeff Cattaneo February 22, 2011

    Richard,
    Please have a look at this rug,its been in
    N the closet over 40 years & I don’t know
    Where its from.36″x59″plus the tassels
    Pictures to follow
    Thanks,jeff

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    Nancy Thompson April 11, 2011

    I inherited a Persian rug, approximately 7′ x 13′. Unfortunately, the rug’s in Burlington, ON and I’m in Vancouver. If I email a photo, can you provide a rough appraisal and your impression of the rug.
    Photo to follow.
    Thank you.
    Nancy Thompson.

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    Danna July 1, 2011

    I’m living temporarily in the middle east, and there are many rug dealers here claiming to sell Persian rugs. Any easy ways to gauge authenticity to avoid paying Persian prices for a synthetic knockoff?

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    David Griffiths July 25, 2011

    I am unable to reach you by email at expert@internetrugs.com with a question about my old carpet, of which I have several pictures. My email address is davidsgriffiths@netscape.com

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    judy August 10, 2011

    Your blog is great and taught me a lot. I have inherited a 5’7″ x 4′ 11″ carpet reportedly bought in 1963 as an “antique” for $3000. The tag on the back says Iran, wool pile. Pattern is geometric. The warp and weft are both wool, the weft being twisted red and warp twisted grey strands. From your description I believe the selvage is the multi-color barber pole type. I’m not too sure about the knots.

    I would like to send a picture. Thanks!

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    Jean Ryberg August 16, 2011

    Last week I sent photos of a 12 x 15 oriental rug I inherited. I need help with identification!
    Did you receive my email?

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    Violet O'Brien January 20, 2012

    Richard, I loved the article and learned a lot from it! It made me want to learn more about antique oriental rugs. If you have any articles or books you could recommend, I would love to read them. I have an rug that is “Antique” but I am not experienced enough to truly identify it. would love to send you a picture, if you have the time. Thank you so much for all your help!

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    grace April 9, 2012

    I would like to know the name and origin of a rug purchased circa 1965>

    It sounds like Ba be ka bob.

    Supposed to be a quality rug 9 x 12 with fringe

    thank you

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    Sam June 17, 2012

    Hello, I just bought a rug at an estate sale for $20 dollars. It felt like silk to me, needed a good clean, i counted the knots per square inch to be 396, its 5’4″x7’4″. The back looks a bit weird can I email you some pics for you opinion?

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    Tony June 20, 2012

    I found this rug at a community sale. It looks hand woven and old. It appears to be wool on wool with fringed ends. All the colors are soft and seem to be naturally dyed. All the designs are geometrical. At the edge of each design/color change, there is space between so that when the rug is held up to light, the spaces conform to the design as woven. Can I send a photo?

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    Russell Ary July 25, 2012

    My rug has a tag on the back – looks like it’s from 1988 it has a lead stamp with a star on it? How do I send a photo?

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    admin July 25, 2012

    Russell, you can attach a photo to an email to expert@internetrugs.com.

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    Mary Ellen Jayroe November 8, 2012

    While cleaning my rug, I noticed it looked more worn. I have often thought about where it came from and wondered about the age. I purchased it about 20 years ago at an antique auction in Ruston, LA. It is small about, 50″ by 27″. I began a search and came across your website with so much information. I would appreciate any information you might have time to share. I will forward photos as well.
    Thank you for your time.
    Mary Ellen Jayroe
    Shreveport, LA

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    Marcia M. November 16, 2012

    We have an old oriental rug about 9X12 size which was in the family. Having moved to FL recently, we found there is no where in our house to put it. I would like to identify it so we can sell it knowledgeably. If I email you a picture of it, is it possible to provide some information at least based upon what you see? If so, where might I email you? Thank you!

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    Richard November 16, 2012

    Be happy to take a look. Address above.

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    Chris Sawtelle November 28, 2012

    I love this page, I’m going to send out a pic of a rug I bought, that has some people stumped on its origin.
    -Chris

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    Gina December 7, 2012

    Hello,
    I have 7 very old oriental rugs that have been in my family for more than 60 years. I would like to know their values. Some must go since we are now downsizing and will not be able to use them. May I send photos? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Gina

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    Kris December 9, 2012

    I sent an email, would appreciate any help I can get. This rug I bought at an auction and giving as a gift to my Mother for Christmas. But, it ahs so many symbols and is so different than any others I’m seeing online, I have a suspician this rug was made as a family rug rather than commercial. Please look at your email and assist. I’d love to give my Mother more information rather than it’s a Hamadan… It even has what look like palaces on each end. Such an array of so many rich colors as well.

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    william December 24, 2012

    a family member owning a persian carpet,knowing 100% fact it was handmade. To first give you the history,which make it intriguing to me.a family member in the 1960′s aquired this beautiful large carpet from a priest of a catholic church for services as he did not have the money to pay.the priest told him it came out of his living quarters of the church and to his knowledge had been there at least 100 years.telling my family member it had been there the whole time of his living there the last 40 someodd years.reading arthur upman pope’s book makes this more interesting.well anyhow unclear of exact timing but was from several months to a short few years a individual approached my family member claiming to be a manufacturer buying back all the rugs distributed out and offered him $35,000 for the carpet.which to me a little suspicious considering how long that was in the church.I would really like to find out everything i can about this carpet but have no idea how to start.To clarify fist there is no interest in selling this carpet, we just want to know everything we can about where it came from,age,values,etc. looking on top i see no visible markings as to a signature of maker.

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    william December 24, 2012

    adding on to the last inquiry/comment on this page.the part that really interests me is as arthur upman pope wrote in this introduction of more than 3 thousand, many centuries old, persian carpets made their way to european and american churches along with some museums and collectors.racking my brain,how did these churches aquire these carpets?was it possibly first aquired by the vatican and placed in storage for period of time and distributed out to different churches belonging to them in europe and america?if so,did they use some sort of cataloging of each individual rug?

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    william December 24, 2012

    i made a mistake back there i had meant to say distributer not manufacturer.

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    Joe January 4, 2013

    I hope that you can help me to idendify a rug and approximate value. I have photos to help. I have been told it is of Indian origin and has been in the family for at least 20 years.

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    Angela February 17, 2013

    I just sent you some photos of a rug that my mother recently gave me. A family friend gave it to her about 35 years ago. It has no tags so I have no idea on its origin. It has what looks like birds and deer and looks to be handmade. Any information you can provide on it would be much appreciated.

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    Valerie February 28, 2013

    Hello, I have a rug that I think is Persian. My brother had bought it in Kuwait when he was stationed there in the armed forces back during the Golf War. He gave it to me but I have no information on it. It is in excellent condition too. I had sent pictures of the rug to Richard’s email address and hope he or someone can identify the origin and hopefully tell me what it’s worth. Hope to hear from him soon as I would like to sell it. Thanks.

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    Jules Capps March 4, 2013

    I have a rug I just purchased at auction. There are two tags attached to the back. Would love to know more about it. Would it be ok if I sent several pictures?

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    Kirsten April 6, 2013

    I sent you several pictures of a rug I purchased 14 years ago from a classified ad in Huntsville, AL. The lady I purchased it from bought it from an antique store and didn’t know anything about the rug. I think it is beautiful and would like to know the origin of the rug and any additional information you can give me.
    Tanks for your help!

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    Jim Baughman May 11, 2013

    Wow, a lot of information above. More pictures would really have helped a novice like me. Also, I think the sheep type is “Merino” rather than “Marino”.

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    Jack Kessler May 28, 2013

    I see rugs on eBay distinguished as having tag or no tags. What difference do the tags make?

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    Louise (Albert) Guyton June 12, 2013

    I have several persian rugs or thereabouts that I would like to know more about. I know all of these were purchased in Iran before 1975

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    Mark W. Smith February 16, 2014

    What determines the ‘top’ end of a rug or the ‘bottom’ end. Is there a definite ‘right’ side or ‘left’ end? I don’t want to hang my rugs upside down on my walls.
    Thank You!

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    sandra March 12, 2014

    Please help me to identify the markings on this rug, thanks in advance.

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    Ann Wright May 25, 2014

    Great article, clear and concise, thankyou.

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    LeeScott November 24, 2014

    Are you still providing this service? I see the last post was May of 2014.

    Lee Scott

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    Lori Howe January 4, 2015

    Terrific information page. Thanks!

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    Kimie Bowser March 10, 2015

    Hello. Thank you for your information. It was very useful. I recently purchased a rug that is in need of repair from a antique shop. I love the colors, size, and design of the rug, which remind me of a Floral Persian Sarouk rug. I can’t tell if it was hand knotted or machine made. Would it be possible to send a picture to you to help me identify the rug and invest in it’s restoration? Thank you.

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    Larry April 19, 2015

    Hello I have searched to try and find information about my rug, but I cannot even get close to its country of origin can you please help? The rug features hunters on horse back with spears, Lions, goats, and Lamas or Alpacas. Also there are hunters on foot whom seem to be carrying rifles? Any assistance would be greatfuly appreciated. Thank you

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    Susan February 23, 2016

    Can you help me identify this carpet?

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    RB March 15, 2016

    I have several relatively expensive rugs (Sarouh, Belutch, Gharaghan, Bouchara, Isfahan, etc. ) with no identification except for numbers in the back of them. they are 3 – 5 Digits Long. Some even have up to two letters in front of them. What do These numbers/letters indicate? Thanks.

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    ray misiti May 15, 2016

    i have 9×12 oriental rug couristan 1973 pat#430191 100%worsted wool pile locked in weave turkomar impoted is there any value

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    Shonda June 5, 2016

    Hi Richard I have been reading your articles and every single comment from everybody for the past 7 hours ! (maybe more) ..Articles such as Where are oriental Rugs made..Oriental rug care etc…Anyhow I noticed in 2008 when you were very active responding to everybody and even looking at the pictures they sent you and helping them out..After several hours I got tired of hearing everybody ask you for help..There were 100 people asking for help to 1 saying thanks for the article..I even noticed people becoming agitated that you did not get back to them fast enough. As you mentioned you were doing it for FREE ! I’m guessing that after everybody wanting wanting wanting some EXPECTING your time you seem to have lost your passion and slowly disappeared.I need you to know that you was and are very much appreciated for the generosity you have given out of the kindness of your heart and passion Shared with all of us..I do admit once I seen that there was somebody intelligent in this area I hoped to ask you about mine as well but after reading you this 1 person trying to feed a pack of hungry people my concern is not the rug I have anymore but to just let you know how grateful people like myself are to have learned many very good things from you..I also thought maybe if you charged even 5 dollars for your honest opinion it would help you out a ton. Again I know you were doing it for a different reason but it is something to consider ;)..My heart goes out to you and again thankyou so much for the information you have provided all of us for the past 7 years..If theres anything I can do to return the help you provided me feel free to contact me anytime at shondacastro34@gmail.com BLESSING TO YOU AND YOURS

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    Richard June 5, 2016

    Wow! Shondra I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that. These days people just email me and I answer as I can. I would never charge for sharing the education I have been honored to have learned being involved in this business for these last 20 years. Strange that I studied psychology with an emphasis on autism in college. My biggest gripe, and I share it only with you you in this public forum, is this. Many people send pictures of carpets that I’m am happy to identify. It starts off as “what is my rug?” I answer and think to be done with it. 90% of the time I get a follow up question. ” What is it worth?” For some reason this bugs me. What is worth? What is monetary value? In most cases the monetary value of a hand made carpet is far from its intrinsic value. A 9×12 Persian Sarouk from the 1920′s is worth monetarily next to nothing. Intrinsically it’s a work of craftsmanship that is 100 years old and will likely last 150 more years. What is art? What’s it worth? It’s worth less than you think, and more than you know.

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    S Dean July 2, 2016

    Hi Richard. I concur with Shonda and yourself. I can see that value for insurance purposes is important to some, but it by no means describes the worth of a rug. Yesterday I purchased a rug I fell in love with on the internet. It appears to be in perfect condition except for the fringe, which I will probably turn under and carefully hand sew a cotton canvas protector over.

    As I have been working with the rug, I’ve gained a huge appreciation for the people (person?) that made it. I’m totally curious about where they live, how they live, (these days how they survive), how old they were when making my rug, what the patterns mean and if there are any secret signatures or codes in the symbols. I am an artist, so I have a huge appreciation for the time, knowledge and effort this rug took to make and the story of it’s journey from a small village in the middle east to my small home in Canada.

    My rug seems extremely unusual being a light cherry color rather than rusty red, the blue is a lovely sky blue and I hope that doesn’t mean it’s a fake from India, although that would be fascinating too. From scouring the internet I think I’ve identified it as a Heriz but that’s as far as I know, it has no tags, labels or numbers on the back.

    Could you post the titles for any great books you are aware of on the subject. Thanks

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    Melissa White July 28, 2016

    Hi Richard,
    I was so happy to find your information on identifying antique Oriental rugs as I have inherited one large one (12′ x 12′), and also, due to my love of them, purchased a smaller one many years ago (although that one may actually just be an old domestic rug). I agree with Shonda and S Dean on how generous you are with your time and knowledge, obviously gained through much experience and study of these beautiful rugs. May I send you some photos of the large rug to the website you list above and get your opinion on where and when it might have been made (NOT “what is it worth, I promise). Please reply to my email: whitemel60@gmail.com Thanks in advance for your response! Melissa

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