4 Ways to Identify High-Quality Area Rugs

You don’t want to buy a new rug that is just any old rug. You want a great new rug, and that’s what we want for you! That is why we put together a list of things you can look for so you know you are buying a high-quality area rug, one of the best of the best. After all, that is what you deserve! 

Find and Buy High-Quality Area Rugs in New Mexico

Your personal taste, as far as the colors and patterns you like, is important. We want you to find a high-quality area rug that is beautiful to you, and made to last for generations. Some people love the lighter look of this White Sands rug while others prefer the deeper, bolder colors of a Southwestern hand-woven rug. There’s no wrong choice, as long as it’s a high-quality rug. Here’s what you should be looking for: 

#1 Look at the Knots Per Square Inch (KPSI)

The number of knots within a rug determines the density, durability, and clarity of pattern. Knot counts in rugs can vary from as low as 40 per square inch to as high as 1200. Think of knots as pixels on a screen. It’s actually pretty simple; the more knots, the higher the quality of the rug. Less knots means a looser weave. This also means the rug will not be able to withstand and uphold against foot-traffic and aging without visible damage.

#2 Pay Careful Attention to the Details

The amount of time and labor spent on creating a handmade oriental rug varies greatly. The more detail put into a rug, the higher-quality it is. A sharp pattern means more time and hand-labor was taken to build a clear and precise design. 

#3 Check for Premium Wool

Just like a cake or a car, the materials made to create it have a huge impact on the final quality. We have found that the best carpet wools in the world come from Iran, which is why Iranian rugs have always been the most sought after rugs in the world. The Iranian sheep, Karakul sheep, are raised to be sheared and so are fed an optimal diet to yield softer and stronger wool. Countries known for fabulous rugs, like Iran, India, Pakistan, and China, will use and import fine Persian wool to improve their final product. 

#4 Be Choosy About Colors and Dyes

The bold colors are what make a rug so beautiful! There are many kinds of dyes used to take wool from it’s natural shades of white and brown to vibrant and rich shades. When purchasing a rug, you want to be sure the dyes used to create blues, greens, pinks, yellows, and reds are either organic vegetable dyes or derived from high grade pigments. 

Shop for High-Quality Area Rugs at Serafian’s

There are many things to consider when investing in an oriental rug, and it’s not always a simple task to choose the best carpet for you. No matter which patterns, colors, or size you are looking for, you are sure to find the perfect oriental rug for you at Serafian’s. 

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