Oriental Rug Buyers Guide

oriental rugs AtlantaAt Amiri Rug Gallery, we have the knowledge and information to empower you when choosing the perfect rug for your home. The more you know about Oriental rugs, the more you’ll appreciate the artistry and workmanship that goes into every carpet. You’ll also be better equipped to get the most value for your money, which is why we’ve compiled this informative buyer’s guide to purchasing Oriental rugs in Atlanta. This will allow you to learn more about what you’re getting when buying one of these hand-crafted pieces of art.

#1 How Are They Made?

Oriental rugs are woven on a loom, with strands of wool or cotton called warps stretched from beam to beam. The weaver makes horizontal rows called wefts, weaving in and out between the warps. Tying the warps together with a piece of wool then creates the pile. Knot by knot, row by row, the weaver works, taking about six months to produce a 6 x 9 carpet.

#2 Terminology

Before you begin your search, familiarize yourself with the lingo. The main background of the carpet is called the field. It’s a good idea to have an idea of your preferred field and border colors when shopping for an Oriental rug. Many rugs have a diamond-shaped, or round motif in the middle called a central medallion.

#3 Quality Standards

Knot density (for strength) and fineness (for clear design definition) are important indicators of quality for which some countries use different terms. To test knot density with your bare hands, press your fingers down to the base of the pile. If it feels tightly packed, the rug has a high-knot density and extreme durability.

Equipped with this information, visit Amiri Rug Gallery, a long-established, reputable store, where we are happy to patiently teach you, answer your questions, and show you our vast selection of rugs available for purchase.