Herat Antique Oriental Rugs

Rugs and Repairs: An Introduction

The subject of this article concerns rugs to which repairs have been made. Should you buy a rug with repairs? Do repairs matter? How should you evaluate repairs in making the buying decision?

The article is an introduction to the subject. It is intended primarily for the ‘new’ collector or the person with an interest in acquiring high quality woven art for home or office. While writing the article I realized how, on occasion, a seemingly definitive statement generated additional questions. So, if you would like to discuss the subject further or have any questions, please email me.Your questions are both welcomed and encouraged.

Repairs: The Antique and Semi-Antique Rug
Most antique and semi antique rugs have been repaired to some degree.Do not reject a rug merely because it has been repaired.There are, however, a couple of things you need to consider and evaluate.Learn how much of the rug has been repaired and where it has been repaired.Both ‘where’ and ‘how much’ should be carefully evaluated when making a buying decision.An article discussing how to detect repairs shall be posted in the near future.

Repairs: Sides and Ends
The most fragile parts of a rug are the sides and ends; therefore, repairs to these areas are predictable and quite common.If repairs to these areas are limited and of very good quality, the value of the rug is enhanced.The rug looks better, will wear longer, and the artistic and historical integrity of the rug is maintained.

Repairs: Field and Border
You should be little more cautious when repairs have been made to the main border areas and the field.These areas are the very essence of the weaving. The extent to which these areas are extensively repaired is the extent to which you are no longer buying something antique or semi-antique. You are buying a rug which has been substantially compromised.Some may disagree, particularly the person trying to sell such a rug. I would strongly suggest you not purchase an overly repaired rug.On the other hand, if repairs to these areas are not substantial but are what I call a ‘little here’, a little there’, a ‘buy decision’ may be an appropriate and rewarding one.Essentially, the goal is to acquire a rug with minimal repairs to the least conspicuous portions of the rug.

Quality Matters
The quality of the repairs, whether minimal or substantial, must be of the highest quality.If the repairs are poorly done, the aesthetic and monetary value of the rug is negatively impacted.If you purchase such a rug, you either have to live with these undesirable repairs or spend additional money to have the substandard work removed and re-done.An article discussing how to go about having a rug repaired shall be posted in the near future.In the meantime, trust your eyes. If you’re visual attention is immediately drawn to a particular area of the rug and what you see just does not ‘look right’, it may very well be a poorly done repair.

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