When you think of what makes up a classic Oriental rug, what springs to mind? In fact, the term ‘Oriental’ is no longer a PC term and has been misused and abused in the past, particularly when referring to people. Essentially, this term was originally coined for the East and pretty much everything from that part of the world became labelled as such. However, this article is not concerned with PC issues, but neither does it care for racism. All we are discussing here is where the best Oriental rugs are made!
These are by far the most contemporary rugs out there and many a holidaymaker has returned with such one of these in tow. They can be used as a luxurious floor covering or you could hang them on the wall as many householders seem to do. Just beware that you know how much you are bidding for, because quite a few tourists have got the shock of their lives when they discovered how much they’ve just offered for the rug in question.
The Turks have been producing quality rugs for at least 800 years and they surely unrivalled for creativity. You can pay many thousands for an authentic Turkish rug, and once you look at the effort that has gone into creating these masterpieces, it is easy to see why.
You may be surprised to learn that this war torn country has a much softer side to it, because the Afghan people know a thing or two about Oriental rug making. They have borrowed the advanced techniques of their Pakistani neighbours and can create something very special indeed.
These have probably the most decorated of all pedigrees and have been sold in the West ever since the gateway to the Orient was opened all of those years ago. A well-chosen Persian example is a deft way to invest in a future classic.
There are so many different styles of Indian rug that is very hard to pin down the typical design. This places them as far harder to really rate accurately, but probably also means that you could grab a real bargain with a little luck on your side.
And The Winner is…
Well, if you haven’t already guessed, the only winner here is you! Choose wisely and you could have a rug that may become part of your legacy, long after you have shifted your mortal coil.