Determining a Rug’s Country of Origin
Learning how to classify an oriental rug can be a timely endeavor. In addition to learning the expansive variety of ways that a rug can be classified, you need to understand that some classifications methods are more important than others.
For example, weavers and merchants can classify a rug based on its color, weave pattern, material, and the weaving group that made the rug, but each of these criteria take a back seat to the most important and influential classification form: country of origin.
Country of Origin
Given that many of the designs and color schemes that a rug uses depend on where the rug was created, it is logical to classify a rug based on its country of origin. Many different rug styles are simply deviations from a country’s cultural design.
Determining a rug’s country of origin also helps consumers and merchants understand the associated tariffs, exchange rates, and productions costs as each country has different rates associated with their rugs.
Another important factor of the quality and overall value of a rug is its production costs. Knowing what a rug costs to produce can help create a price anchor for merchants to use in approximating the rug’s economic worth.
Several of the most popular rug producing companies have expanded and contracted their boundaries over the last century. This presents a challenge for rug appraisers in determining how to label a rug as several, very popular weaving and rug producing areas have been absorbed by other modern states.
In addition to being absorbed by other areas, some popular rug producing locations and tribes have merged together and now produce such a wide variety of products that it is very difficult to categorize all of the products together.
Popular Traditional Weaving Countries
Many well-known weaving areas are now referred to by different titles due to their modern state names. For example, very popular Oriental rug producing areas in Persia are now classified as Iran under the country of origin.
Other highly popular areas such as West Turkestan and the Turkoman nomads are now classified under the north-east Iran and Afghanistan areas. Even the well-known Anatolia weaving area is now classified under the country of Turkey.
There are more ways to classify rugs besides the methods previously mentioned, but these methods are the most popular and provide the best approximate value of the rug’s quality and worth. Knowing your rug history can help provide you with a better understanding of what you should pay for a rug.