Identifying The Age of Woven Rugs?

May 5, 2021

An old woven rug.Hand woven carpets and rugs which are almost 100 yrs old, defines their values and besides the size. How to comprehend the technical aspects of the rugs and know if it was made in bulk or on-demand.


An old woven rug.
An old woven rug.
An old woven rug.
An old woven rug.
An old woven rug.
An old woven rug.
An old woven rug.


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Rugs are one thing (to me) that always must be seen in person by a rug expert to tell you what you have and the value.

Factors the person will examine are:

1. Number of knots per inch and type of knot
2. Fabric/materials--like is thread silk, cotton, wool, a mix etc.
3. What the backing is made from


4. Condition---including wear, tears, missing threads, replaced threads, odors, molds, mildews, and insect infestation (current or past)
5. Pattern name and pattern complexity
6. Size

I am highly dubious of anyone that will be able to do this all from photos, but perhaps in the COVID world some expert has perfected this type of reviewI have not had to had a rug looked at in a long time so I am not up on today's protocols. In my past, it has always needed to be done in person.

If you are in or near a big city you can start with antique stores and auction houses to find a rug expert or your home insurance agent may have a reputable person to seek services. I say that because some rugs are quite valuable and need insurance riders on them and the agents often have certified experts to do this work.


Post back what you learn! Pretty pieces!! Thanks for sharing!

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It is very difficult to determine the age, and therefore the price of the carpet from the photographs. The age of a rug is one of the critical points in determining the value of it. A rug of 100 years or more is considered antique and will fetch the highest price.
The back of the rug offers a better opportunity to determine age. As a rug ages, the underside will become polished or abraded, diminishing the fuzzy or hairy texture. Very old rugs will feel gritty, sandy, or even smooth on the back. Even tightly woven rugs become supple with time.


Color or rug dye quality can also help determine how old a rug is. Spread the pile open and check if the color is the same all the way down into the pile to the rug foundation. Rugs with color that is completely uniform, lacking variegation in color, are made with later, light-fast synthetic dyes post-dating the 1920's. In the case of nomadic and many village rugs, a cotton rug foundation will also indicate a relatively later date. This is due to the fact that after about 1930, the new availability of inexpensive machine spun cotton largely eliminated the use of wool warps and wefts.
Prior to around 1863, carpets were dyed using only natural vegetable dyes. These dyes tend to naturally fade with age, exposure to sunlight, and exposure to chemicals. Separate the pile and look at it with a magnifying glass. If the color is worn naturally, there will be a gentle transition in color from the top to the base. However, if it has been bleached, there will be a sharp band of color in the middle of the fiber.

Style is an excellent way to tell the age of an antique carpet. The designs of rugs changed over the years. I tried to find a carpet with a pattern similar to yours, but unfortunately I did not succeed.
Another way to date a rug is to turn it over and count the number of horizontal and vertical rows in one inch of weaving. Multiply these numbers together, and this will give you the knots per square inch, or KPSI. Certain regions and time periods had characteristic KPSI. Many modern carpets have a higher KPSI than antiques carpets. However, there are some antique silk rugs that can go quite high.
Here you can compare the prices of 100 years old rugs

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Hand made rugs have non-uniform knots.

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A aera rug is considered an antique if it is at least 50 years old. Here is some info on this

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I believe that PGHgirl has answered your question fully so take her advice and take your rug to an expert as they will be able to authenticate everything about the rug.


It could be valuable and, if so, you need to know this so you can be sure it is properly cared for. You may have to travel some distance to find a true expert because most antique shop/store owners or even appraisers will not have the appropriate knowledge to provide information on your rug.

Do not trust anyone who claims they can provide information from pictures as this is strictly a 'hands on' item.
This information will be expensive but they should provide written information about your rug and also insurance value.

You may be able to join one of these groups and ask for guidance on where to find a reliable person.


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