Persian rugs are rare pieces of hand loomed beauty. They are woven out of wool, cotton and expensive silk. Most of these carpets are sourced from Iran directly and weavers in Iran undergo a lot of pain to weave out the precise designs. That is why they are so expensive.
Persian rugs and carpets are a part and parcel of the Persian tradition. Iranian weavers are some of the best carpet makers in the world which is why the carpet-weaving activity of Iran is a distinguished manifestation of the art and culture. On the other hand, Iran is the largest exporter of Persian carpets; these carpets find their way into almost every part of the globe every year. Despite the fact that several other countries have started to manufacture cheaper machine-made replicas of original hand crafted Iranian designs, Persian carpets are still the best handmade carpets in the world today.
Following are some of the reasons why Persian carpets and rugs are expensive:
• These carpets are genuine and most of them are sourced from Iran only. Besides, Iran produces and exports almost three quarters of the world’s total annual Persian carpets.
• All over the world, other carpets are produced in mechanized processes. But these traditional hand woven carpets are still rare.
• They are widely found in all parts of the world but usually have higher prices than their other machine woven counterparts.
• They deliver a unique artistic appeal because of their hand woven patterns. These patterns take hours of labour to produce.
• Natural fibres like wool. Kork wool, Manchester wool, and camel hair wool are used to weave them. This wool is collected from pedigreed animals and rearing these animals is a costly affair. Some wool is collected from high-quality crops and harvesting them is also pretty expensive.
• Some highly priced variants are woven out of fine silk like costly blackout Persian curtains for a lustrous and lush texture. These are higher priced than woollen and cotton Persian rugs.
• The designs have one or more motifs unlike curtains. Most of them encompass slight alterations and improvements to the original designs. So the ‘main pattern’ has been derived over the years into ‘sub patterns’. Obviously rugs portraying the ‘main patterns’ are costlier.
• Most of the times the genuine Persian rugs are mistaken to be the duplicate ones. This confusion arises due to the fact that there is no branding or patenting. So the rapidly declining market value of this rare art has led to higher pricing of these rugs and carpets.
• Most locally made replicas use poor quality raw materials and have erratic patterns that are in no way similar to the original design patterns. So a buyer who can tell a duplicate apart from an original Persian carpet will not mind the high price tag on the original one.
• In order to weave the carpet, weavers need a set of traditional tools for operating the loom. These tools include knives, combs, shears, hooks, sabres, heavy nails etc. Some of these are tough to make and hard to obtain.
The value of these rugs basically means a combination of a lot of things. The most important factors that affect the value of Persian carpets are their authenticity, quality of materials used to manufacture them, the finesse of the knots and lastly the unique patterns from the beautiful colors and design. These are the primary reasons why Persian rugs are so costly.
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