General appraisal for an Isfahan
Is it possible for you to give a general appraisal of a silk Isfahan by using pictures?
Yes we can perform an appraisal of your rug with photos. Please send them to our postal address found below. Please take a closeup of the back of the rug with a quarter or ruler showing the scale, I'll need to gauge the weave. Also provide several overall shots with detail closeups too. Finally provide to me the size. Our fee is just $40.00 for secretarial and research costs.
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Silk cum prayer rug
I have what I believe is a small (prayer rug style) silk Cum carpet. Could you tell me if it is of any value, and if there would be a market for such a carpet? I have always been tempted to have it appraised - but am not sure I want to know if I spent too much on it. However, if it is valuable, I would like to know so that I can properly care for it. Thank you - Susan
These rugs can be valuable but only usually in desireable colors. Silk is common for the Qum prayers but there is not much market for the silk pieces at the current time. I would estimate a 3 x 5 size silk Qum prayer rug at $2,000 to $4,500 depending on color, age, and condition.
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Underlays for Persian rugs
From: Diane Louise Crawford
I've just bought some Persian rugs (in Switzerland) and want to put some non-slip underlay under them as they will be on wooden parquet flooring. Here in Switzerland I can buy a synthetic felt or a synthetic weave. I'd appreciate your advice on what you think is best for the rugs. Many thanks.
The weave is better
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Some questions from an amateur
From: Chia Jin Ngee
I've recently become fascinated by Oriental rugs in general and have been visiting rug shops and galleries.
I live in Singapore and few companies here deal with Persian rugs, the rest seem to deal with Pakistani made Persian designs. I have visited a shop run by Iranians who sell Persian rugs. They offered me a new 150 cm x 280 cm beautiful Nain in wool with silk inlay for S$1300. There is close to 400 knots/sq in. Since I'm new in this. What is your opinion on the price? (S$1.00 = US$1.51)
Another nagging question. Your establishment is in the US. With the
current poor diplomatic relations between Washington and Tehran, how do
you get your imports from Iran into the US? I understand there is some
kind of embargo between the US and Iran.
Price estimate for a Tabriz carpet
I am looking for a price estimate on a 4'9''x7'4" Iranian Tabriz hunt scene rug, approx 400 knots/sq in., wool on a silk warp, ivory background with a red center medallion and border. Any information you can give me would be greatly appreciated.
Rhoda Dearman (R3Dearman@aol.com)
Your rug is new but still has some fine qualities. I would place the price between $4,500 to $5,500 fair market value. Are you interested in selling the piece? If you are we would be able to sell it for you on consignment.
I have found many rugs through people just like yourself who had questions about their rug on the world wide web. Some of these people have rugs now with us on private consignment. We charge 25% of the sales price as our commission. Our shop is 33 years old and is under it's second generation of family ownership. Otherwise if you need a formal appraisal for insurance purposes we could place a description of your rug on our appraisal document with our firm listed at the heading. The fee is a modest $40.00 performed with photos provided by you.
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I am looking for a persian rug approximately 5x7 Tabriz rug how much is it and do you deliver to california Merci
Dear Miss Fereshteh,
Thank you for your inquiry about Persian Tabriz rug in 5 x 7. I need to know more about your taste because there are many types of Tabriz carpets. For example there is the Tabriz Mahi pattern commonly called in the U. S.
the "fish design". Then there are 20- 30 year old ones which are earth tone colors and looser weaves. The modern Tabriz carpets are much improved in color, pattern, and weave density tremendously over the past 10 years or so. Please contact me again toll free or with E-mail with more specific details for your purchase especially the colors you want.
Amir's Persian Imports
2204 E. 15th
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74104
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Buying a carpet
From: Nancy Marion <
Organization: KPMG Peat Marwick LLP
I recently visited a good friend in Dallas who is recently married to a man from Afganistan who deals in antique Persian rugs. They I had a great visit and was thankful for their offer to deeply discount the rugs of my choice (50% off ticket price) for my new home in Atlanta. I don't know a thing about rugs but picked out two which appealed to my sense of style. One is Persian (ticket price = $4,900) and the other is from Pakistan - Bokhar design (ticket price = $3,900). He agreed to sell me both rugs for $4,500. The Persian is only 20yrs old and I think the other is even newer. Your web page was the first place I came for information (it is the only web site I've found with useful info.) Can you help me decide if this will be a wise investment. I don't think my friends would lead me astray but I also want to sure that I am not wasting money. My friend's husband told me that these rugs would appreciate to the point where I would earn back my investment in 20 years. Is this true?
Thank you for visiting our website. I'll need more specific information from you before I can begin to assist you.
For example, sizes, the design name of the Persian piece and it's weave quality. NO rugs have even the most remote chance of being considered an "investment rug" other than a very few repeat very few Persian rugs. In your profession you must realize this fact is true. Only a few investments hit it big while the vast majority languish and decline in value. Rugs are the same.
By definition nothing is an investment until it is sold. In fact when I hear someone call oriental rugs "investments" they are inferring that the new owner will plan a future sale. Which is a task easier said than done for full original price much less any profit. As a budding rug enthusiast you must buy right in the first place to have any hope of endearing value.
Many dealers still employ the most common centuries old strategy of phoney price mark ups followed by equally disingenuous "discounts". There's still some people in this world who will believe the 50-80% off gimmick. I hope you don't believe you have a unique arrangement in the prices of the rugs quoted you. We have been here for 33 years and are the oldest rug dealer in all of Oklahoma because we don't use tricky price discounts or phoney sales ploys.
Everybody buys rugs from us with tremendous satisfaction because they have compared our regular prices to our competition in Tulsa and in the surrounding states including many Dallas dealers. To give you an example I don't need to know too much about the Pakistan Bokhara piece because I can sell one to you for between $10- $18 per square foot depending on quality. However I will need more information about the Persian rug's origination, size, and quality of weave before I can be of further assistance. Write back with your info or to request an order. Thank you again for your inquiry.
From: "Jim Clifton"
Please send me info on your cleaning service. How do you clean rugs and what do you charge?
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Jim thank you for your inquiry.
We wash all Persian and oriental rugs the old fashioned way, wet and sloppy! After we determine the rug would be colorfast we dry beat the carpet by placing it upside down and sending over a vibrating machine to shake out all the grit. We send the machine over the rug many times until no more grit comes out. Most cleaners neglect this key step in rug cleaning.
Now we give the rug a deep pile vacuum and pretreat all stains.
Only after pretreating do we begin the shampoo wash. We use a soap that
not foam and we get the rug wet to get the shampoo to cleanse deeply
throughout the carpet. We then rinse the carpet with clean water and a
rinsing agent to remove all soap and flush away all soils. The main secret
cleaning oriental rugs is a quick flash dry with no heat. We are able to
remove 90% of the water we place on the rugs within 3 hours and the rug is
completely dry by the next morning. This is the riskiest part of cleaning
rugs since dry rot and mildew quickly decompose natural fibers. We rewhiten
the fringes for a fresh appearance and the cleaning is completed.
Finally, we spray an odorless mothproofer on the rug to reduce the risk of
future moth damage. Check out our mothproofing product on the web at
request catalog and price list information
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Authentic handwoven Persian rugs are each uniquely beautiful and therefore any catalog produced would be quickly obsolete as each rug is sold. If you are interested in the widely available commercially produced Indian, Pakistani, or Chinese renditions of Persian patterns which are cataloged by a few importers. We however can send you our lovely brochure highlighting some popular and classic designs if you would be so kind to send us your name and physical address or call us Tuesday-Saturday at 1(800)226-RUGS (7847) within the 48 states.
If you have already a specific type of rug in mind let me know and I will price one of ours to you if in stock. Thank You for Your Inquiry,
Kaveh Adib-Yazdi, Mgr.
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Do you know of oriental rugs in earth tones?
Do you know of oriental rugs in earth tones - primarily browns, beiges, pumpkin, creams, camel, rust (but not red or carnelian). I like the ushak pattern and prefer a pattern without a central medallian. Also, what does one do about knots (stitches) on the face of the rug.
Thank you for visiting our website, I appreciate your questions. BTW please let me know your name next time if you're comfortable. There will always be something just too impersonal about e-mail addresses for my taste.
Well yes, there are beginning to be more and more numerous rugs emerging that are the warm toned colors. For years the tradition has been jewel tones but now, even though red will always be our best seller, there are great looking rugs available with earth tone. Do you remember how these earth colors were popular in the mid 1970's? Dad and I sold bales of them! They're now back again but this time they are primarily used only with some key additions and some deletions. Perhaps these changes will keep this look from fading back to oblivion 5 years from now.
These new additional complementary colors to the earth tone genre are all flat tones of common jewel colors. For instance not red but cinnamon to brick. Not emerald green but olive. Not pink but salmon. A gingery brown like the color of new motor oil is also pretty. But the most important seems to be the warm olive color. This particular shade permits a passive earth tone rug to work with an existing jewel toned room.
Deletions of colors from the debut of earth tone in the 1970's are pivotol also. No orange, bright rust, dark chocolate, or pistachio. The use of the pumpkin is, although yellower, dangerously close to the orange family and could be a trend killer. I suppose it just may be me though.
I have already anticipated these changes in taste and have some rugs in stock with earth colors once again. I will say this though, initially I could only find non-red rugs and would suggest them to people who wished earth tone in their rustic homes. However now that the earth color style has settled in rugs are being produced specifically for that market's taste. Offhand, I currently have a fabulous non-medallion Ushak type rug produced in Nepal in 9 x 12 with classic earth tone shading. I also have some older rugs which were bought from existing home owners which were produced in the 1970's with fun earth tone colors. May I send you photos of our collection for your approval?
Finally, about your reference to stitches on the face of your rug. I think what you may be seeing are not stitches per se but splices in the rug's warping. I would guess your rug to be somewhat older if not already close to antique. Here's what it may be. As your rug wears down in pile height you will begin to expose hidden flaws in the weave's technique. If these stitches are the same color as the original fringe of your rug what you are seeing are splices in the rug's warp.
Splices are a natural phenomena as rugs are made and occur when the weaver accidentally snaps a warp by either fraying, cutting, or cinching the woollen knot too tightly thereby causing the warp to fail. In order to continue, all weaving ceases until the weaver reattaches the ends together by using a splice knot and he usually hides his deed inside the pile of the rug. He hides it inside the pile so as to not show future prospective buyers how much he's erred. The splice could just as easily been located on the back of the rug so as to never be a problem to you now but the weaver needed to hide his trade secret from either his employer at the workshop or, as I said, future buyers. To answer your question never fidget with these knots because if you do you'll be the cause of beginning numerous holes spreading from the newly broken warp cord!!
Thanks again for your inquiry,
I FINALLY read your response and appreciate your thoughtfulness in answering the questions posed. I would love to see your photos, but I have found in general that photos do not capture the true colors of the rugs I have seen.
Are you comfortable about the accuracy of the representations? I have learned quite a bit since my e-mail to you, including the fact that the best size for me turns out to be 8 x 10 or an approximation of that size. Also, I prefer a light color center ground, if possible. The main objective is a light, "warm" feeling (tones - ivory, camel, gold, rust - as opposed to blues, greens, and reds - no pinks or pastel blues unless minimal). It's too bad that the browns, oranges and rusts are so trendy, as they are really my preference. Thanks again, and if you think the rugs can be judged from the pictures, please send appropriate photos to me, Sheila Halpern, 5780 S.W. 118 Street, Coral Gables, FL 33156. Sheila
Not so fast!!! I never said rust, brown, and oranges are trendy. It just seems they're used less often. I have lots of each in stock now. I'll take some pics and send you and see what happens for you, ok?
How can I take out Ice Tea stain from my Nain?
I own a Nain and unfortunately I accidentally spilt some iced tea on it while carrying my dinner tray in the living room. How could I take the stain out of it? Should I just take it to a professional oriental rug cleaner?
Sincerely, Beth Yankovich
I'm sorry to meet you on such circumstances. Perhaps our next encounter will be more pleasant. As you may know Persian rugs are made with wool dyed from natural dyestuffs. Tea can be a very effective dye. However, the fact that you made iced tea and not hot tea is helpful and so will be the concentration of your tea. It would be wisest not to attempt to remove the tea yourself (other than from the initial spill) but allow a Persian rug dealer to care for it for you.
We have a very effective remedy that is too tricky to teach you and hard to guarantee but we will give you our best efforts if you don't have someone willing and experienced in your area for fine quality expensive Persian rugs.
Call ahead if you plan to send it for special instructions.
Good luck to you and better luck next time to your rug,
Subject: Inquiry on how to clean Persian Carpets
Thanks for your reply on my inquiry. I already took it to a professional cleaner. The stain didn't come off but it's hardly noticeable (I am probably the only one who can tell where the stain is since I was the one who spilt the iced tea.)
Do you have an 8X10 Tabriz Mahi-"Fish Design"?
From: Scott Warren
We are the Warren's and we are in the market for a Persian carpet of "Fish print" design of around 8x10 in size. Our research says that one of this type, if of high quality should have 17 colors and be made of baby lambs wool and silk. Do you carry such a carpet? or are you familiar of this type and what is a representative price for such a carpet?
Your help in this is greatly appreciated.
Best regards, - Scott and Betty Warren
Subject: Looking for a Fish Print Carpet
Good Morning Warren's,
Thank you for visiting our website. It's seems strange for the old world of rug making to meet the new computer world but it has been fantastic fun and good business for us. Yes, I am quite familiar with the Persian Tabriz Mahi or "fish design" as many dealers have Americanized the name. (Mahi means fish in the Persian language of Farsi).
Typically, Tabriz Mahi's run in metric sizes. The size which comes closest to 8 x 10 is usually 2 x 3 meters (6'6" x 10"0" app). Currently we have a very good Tabriz Mahi in stock and available for immediate shipment. I would be happy to send you a photo if you would be so kind to E-Mail your address. Usually the rugs come in navy, red, or green fields with navy being the most desireable. The pattern shows clearest and best on navy grounds as well. Ours is a navy ground with a broad spectrum of beautiful top colors. There is not a definite number of colors on any type of rug made anywhere in Iran. Your mention of 17 colors seems a bit too precise to be accurate 100% of the time. The size is 6' 7" x 9' 6" and the fine baby lamb's wool is silk outlined around the patterns making the rug seem embossed. We sell this rug with our 33 year old guarantee of lifetime full exchange privilidges and with our certificate of appraisal. This is a fantastic piece which would make a great rug for your family's enjoyment and an investment in your personal estate. The rug is priced fairly at $5,950.00 and could be purchased with our unconditional 7 day refund policy for your peace of mind while you have the rug in your home. The refund policy begins after you receive the rug from U.P.S. and you can call our toll free number to notify us of a necessary return. What could be fairer?! We've sold rugs for years with this easy return policy but usually they stay with their new owners!!
I should make you aware that some Tabriz Mahi's are being very well recreated in China. The Chinese weavers make a rug nearly indistinguishable from the original and you could very well be fooled by unscrupulous dealers as being sold a Chinese forgery as an original Persian rug. Our carpet is authentic Persian and we will back the rug's integrity with our unconditional refund policy as stated above and our lifetime exchange privelidge. Only the Persian original has investment potential not the Chinese version. If you want to buy a Chinese version let me know since I do know of a source even though I do not stock them.
For now, thank you for your inquiry and we await your address to send you a picture of the rug.
- Kaveh, Mgr.
What is the value of a 8X10 Persian Bibikabad Rug
We are looking for rugs for a new home and are trying to get some information on Oriental rugs. I found your site on an Alta Vista search. We need a number of rugs and my mother-in-law passed away and left a rug to whichever one of her sons wants it. It is a Bibikabad rug about 10 by 12 in excellent condition - only about 50 years old, but in excellent condition. We can have the rug and deduct its value from our share of her estate, or use the money to buy another rug. Could you possibly tell me the value of such a rug as it would cost us $150 to have it shipped to us. Any help would be appreciated.bpress
Subject: Persian Rug Questions
First may we pass on our condolences to you and your family as to your recent loss. We appreciate your inquiry through our Website and will try to help you with this matter. First, let me tell you about our business. We are located in Tulsa, Oklahoma and have been in business for the past 33 years. The rug you have described to us is one that we have had much experience with over the years. Persian Bibikabad rugs woven after 1930 are of average to below average quality. Your 10 X 12 speciman if in perfect condition would approximately sell for $3,000.00. However, your sentimental value is priceless. For your same dollar value you could purchase a very lovely top quality handwoven Non-Persian Rug. Another option is to add another $1,500.00 to $3,000.00 dollars and purchase a quality Persian Rug.
We would be more than happy to send you a brochure about our Persian Rug Import business. Also, we would be happy to send you photo's of any styles or sizes you may desire for your new home. There was not an address enclosed your e-mail so if you are interested in the brochure just email me your address. Thank you again for your inquiry and if we can help you with any rug dealings or if you have any other questions please do not hesitate to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also have a toll free number if you wish to contact us. The number is 1-800-226-RUGS(7847).
Can You send me some pictures of Silk Isfahan
From: Jay Z.
Hello. I am in market for a silk Isfahan. Do you carry any? Can you send me some information, colors, prices, etc.
Thank you, Jay Z.
To: Jay Z.
Subject: Silk Isfahan
Dear Jay, Hello and thank you for your inquiry. Yes we do have a large selection of hand woven Persian Silk Isfahan rugs. In order for me to help you better, I need to know the size and price range you are interested in. You can call our toll free number and provide us with your specific requirements and I can then send you pictures of the rugs for your review. The number is 1-800-226-RUGS(7847). You can also email the info to email@example.com.