Persian rugs are renowned for their fine craftsmanship, intricate designs, and vibrant colors. A high-quality rug that’s in good shape can serve as an heirloom-quality piece of art that is also functional. There’s no better way to add elegance and refinement to a room than with a fine Persian rug. But before bidding on one at an auction, it’s important to know if you are getting a fair price for the item you might potentially purchase.
Examine The Fringe
A good way to check for shoddy restoration is by taking a close look at the fringe. For online rug auctions, ask for pictures or zoom in to see the fringe.
Rugs are sometimes treated with a tea wash which stains white fringe; the darker or more beige the fringe appears, the more likely it’s been restored in this manner.
When examining the fringe, check for uniformity in length and look carefully at the base for uneven sewing.
Consider The Color Saturation
Another way to tell if a Persian rug has been restored is by looking at the vibrancy of the color. Over time, antique rugs lose brightness due to sun exposure. When preparing to bid on a rug, consider its age and if the color saturation is appropriate.
Look At The Weaving Pattern
A close look at the weaving pattern can also alert bidders to possible rug restoration. Look at both the front and back of the rug: breaks in uniformity can indicate the rug was restored. It may help to use a magnifying glass or zoom in on online photos to get a better view of the individual fibers.
Choose An Auction House You Can Trust
The older a Persian rug is, the more likely it will have some restoration. To protect your best interests as a bidder, choose a trustworthy auction house that discloses if its rugs are restored or not.