A Collectors Guide to Antique Carpets

January 24, 2020 - Antiques, Art and Collectibles

Antique carpets have a way of lighting up an entire room.

Whether you’re a fan of large, colorful creations or you prefer a more subtle decor style with thin, single-colored carpets, an antique can do no wrong.

Such carpets are a great conversation starter and a nice way to show off your personality, too. They look amazing in the foyer, the living room, or even your private office at work. Wherever you place a carpet, it’s sure to look just right.

Buying or selling an antique rug for the right price, though, is a different story. Always make sure you’re getting the best value for your collector’s item whether you’re bringing something in or letting it go.

Here’s a quick guide to help you with both kinds of antique transactions.

How to Find the Best Antique Carpets

How did you come across your favorite carpet in your collection? Have you never bought an antique carpet before and want to start your collection from scratch?

Whether you’re looking for the next best rug or you want your very first one, follow the steps below to find it.

1. Choose the Type of Carpet You Want

The thing about antique carpets is that they come in all shapes and sizes. More than that, they’ve been found in all corners of the world and some represent the historical influences of their time.

These aren’t any old carpets. Each antique has a unique story and a purpose.

As such, it’s best to research the era and culture you’d like to buy an antique from before starting your search. This will narrow your options down and start giving you an idea of how much the purchase will cost.

2. Research the Best Sellers

As you’re looking for the kind of carpets that speak to you, keep an eye out for sellers you can trust. You always want to make sure an antique is the original and not a copy. More so, it needs to be in top condition.

Only the top sellers can provide that. Verify who you’re buying from before you complete the transaction.

3. View Carpets in Person

Speaking of verifying the seller, make sure the carpet is in as good of a condition as you think. Go to see it in person and get a good look at it yourself. Take note of how the color has either faded or been preserved and the way all the stitching has held together, too.

What You Need to Do to Sell an Antique Carpet

Maybe you’re all too familiar with buying antique carpets and you think it’s time to start taking a few off your hands. Follow these steps to sell the carpets you have.

1. Clean Your Carpet

Just as you need to get your own eyes on a carpet while buying, you need to put some work into it when selling. Before you put a carpet up for grabs, get it cleaned by a professional.

Don’t call any old carpet cleaner, either. Whoever you hire needs to be well-versed in working with antiques.

2. Get Its Dimensions

Another important factor to consider is the dimensions.

The price of a carpet begins with how big it is, how the knots have been made, and the materials used to create the antique. Double-check all of this information so you can provide potential buyers with the most accurate details.

3. Have a Professional Value the Carpet

Last but not least, call someone to give you a price.

You want to be as fair as possible when selling. Sure, it’s nice to get a big return on a sale, but it has to be the right price. An antique professional – especially one used to working with carpets – can give you the number you should aim for.

Carpets, Clocks, and Jewelry – Oh My!

Do you have antiques you’d like to sell other than carpets? Are you interested in getting the absolute best value for the antique carpets you buy and sell?

To learn more about how the antique market works, click here.

David Stiebel
David Stiebel

David Stiebel is one of the cofounders of PawnGuru. David was educated at MIT, where he studied Math. He subsequently worked at Bain as a data scientist before starting PawnGuru in 2015. He started PawnGuru to build a better tool for pawn shops and consumers to connect.

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