HOW TO DETERMINE CARPET PRICE

There are several different factors which set the price of a carpet. Starting from the basic price, the artistic quality is judged and the handicraft, material, colour and size are compared to other similar carpets in the same style to set the final price. Obviously, age, origin and condition play a key role in pricing.

Materials

silk rugs

The first factor explained in detail is how the use of different materials determines the price of a carpet. There are some materials such as silk, for example, that are no doubt more expensive, whereas other more frequently used like wool and cotton come at a lower cost. The material used in the warp is also of importance. Silk carpets such as the Isfahans and the Tabriz are much sought after and thus higher priced than the average. Wool quality plays a key role in pricing as well; carpets made from cashmere wool are soft and luminous and command a higher price.

Manufacturing technique

Machine-woven carpets will come at a different price compared to carpets made by hand. The former take a shorter time to manufacture than the latter. In machine-woven carpets wefts are placed vertically, whereas in hand-woven carpets wool wefts are wrapped around warps which provide the foundation. This structure is clearly visible on the back side of the carpet.

Hand weaving is one of the main attributes associated with the quality of a carpet. The amount of knots determines how much dense a weave is and consequently how much clearly the design is outlined. Robustness depends from knot density and hand-woven carpets consists of hundreds of thousands of knots per square metre.

Layout and patterns impact the price. A sharp and richly detailed motif that took a long time to weave and has a higher amount of knots will result in a higher price. If a carpet has an all-over pattern or just fewer and smaller motifs, this also affects the price. Geometrical motifs, especially those of Caucasian origin, are particularly praised as a genuine artistic expression of a culture rich in symbols and colours.

Colour

Colour is a pivotal factor. This will give a higher price depending on how well the colours are combined, what kinds of dyes are used in the material and whether the different hues harmonize well. Colour variety, richness and harmony are key factors to establish the quality of a carpet. A carpet may contain minor colour variations in the same nuance due to the fact that the yarn used to make knots is dyed in small amounts and not all at a time. This feature reminds of the working condition of weavers and gives the carpet a greater value, making it a unique piece. Contemporary carpets often reproduce this colour striations to recreate the typical nuance of antique carpets.

Size

Size is another fundamental factor. As a matter of fact, a larger carpet takes more time to weave, with an impact on the final cost. Smaller sized carpets usually come at a more reasonable price. Obviously this concerns only contemporary production and not collection, very rare or expensive carpets, regardless of the size.

Artistic expression

Two carpets that are exactly the same size and used the same technique and materials can differ in price depending on the artistic expression of the handicraft. This can be the combination of the colours and the pattern used to decorate the carpet. Another major reason is the way weavers chose to make the carpet; with a more detailed design one gets a finer carpet even though the number of knots is the same.

Antiquity

An antique handmade carpet is often more expensive. An older carpet often has a added value given by time. This charm is conveyed by each yarn of the carpet which has survived to wear and can be hardly reproduced in newly manufactured carpets.

Origin

Tribal rugs

There are remarkable differences when it comes to the handicraft and the quality of the material in carpets coming from different place of origin. Such differences affect the final price of a carpet as well as the different working conditions between nomadic and workshop carpets.

Condition

If the carpet is in good condition without damages it is consequently more expensive than a frayed, worn out carpet with bleached colours. This is basically true in case of contemporary carpets.