Few people can afford the best in an automobile. A Rolls Royce Phantom, for example, is priced beginning at $450,000. Wanta a Ferrari? Expect to shell out millions. However, if you want a fantastic Persian Rug (and who but the experts can tell the best from just the above average) $5,000 to $10,000 will get you a darn nice Persian Rug for your living room, and if you sell it, well, 10 years later, it will probably still be worth that amount.
For hundreds of years, Persian Rugs have been the Roll’s Royce’s of carpets, because they are handmade, and are made only of natural material, generally wool, and cotton and silk. The more silk which is used, the higher the price.
A Persian carpet may have as many as 160 hand knots per square inch, and take four women, working on a loom for up to two years or more to produce carpet, and the threads to make the rug are hand made twisting wool. The patterns, usually dictated by a master rug master who plans both the design and the colors, and the dyes used are natural from plants, not synthetics.
What’s the major appeal of Persian Rugs
For one thing, Persian Rugs are very versatile. It’s possible to combine a Persian rug with practically any furniture decor, and they go well together.
Another thing about Persian Rugs is they are very low maintenance. Outside of stains, which need to be addressed immediately, Persian Rugs typically need a cleaning only once every two or three years. And if for some reason you want to store one away for a few years, they can easily be stored away for 50 years if you want, with no ill effects.
Another reason is that high-value Persian Rugs tend to appreciate in price, unlike cars that go down in value.
It has always been the case that Persian rugs tended to go up in value, but it may be even more so in the future, depending upon the whims of Washington.
When President Trump pulled out of a nuclear agreement with Iran, charging the Iranian government with bad-faith negotiating, one of the effects were sanctions against Iran. Part of those sanctions included a ban on Persian carpets imported into the U.S. This included Persian carpets sold from any other country.
Iran can export Persian carpets to India for example. Still, the buyers in India are also prohibited exporting to the U.S. Hence, only Persian rugs already within the borders of the U.S. can be sold, so expect prices to go significantly higher in the future.
Also, Persian carpets are one of the most friendly, non-pollutant uses for material and manufacturing. Wool is imported from New Zealand, and then everything from start to finish is handwoven and hand-dyed. There is no waste, and no harsh chemicals used.
Also, Persian carpets are hypoallergenic, so that children and allergy sufferers do not get sick from your carpet, something that few other floor coverings can claim.