As they say, beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. Nevertheless, it doesn’t necessarily mean that all art is accomplished to the same standard, right? For instance, no one can argue that an original Renoir painting and the cafe paintings down the street are of the same value just because they are both oil paintings.
Appreciating the quality of any art goes beyond personal evaluation. The same thing applies to carpets. There is a basic criterion according to which a carpet’s value and quality can be evaluated before drawing conclusions.
This list is nothing close to being complete but it will help “dilettantes” assess thousands of carpets available on the market today.
There are 3 main types of carpets sold in the US:
- Machine-made carpets
- Hand-tufted carpets
- Hand-woven carpets.
These three classifications are the basis for selecting the perfect carpet.
Among the most beautiful carpets like Karastan are simply a production of machinery. They can be very attractive and fully enticing but they are nothing compared to handmade carpets. Furthermore, most of these carpets generally will not be considered as a work of art. You can specify if a carpet is made by a machine by examining the forelocks. If they’re sewn into the carpet, then the carpet is machine-made.
Techniques of the Weavers.
The best carpets are designed and weaved by adult weavers at the peak of their artistic play. These skillful men and women are considered true artists and in return are well paid for the work they perform. Surprisingly, however, their reputation is rarely known outside their own circle of fellow weavers, friends, and relatives. Why? Well, traditional carpets normally fall into two or more groups. The first group comes with the design and the second group brings that design to life. Traditional carpets differ from modern carpets in quality and design.
Contrary to our belief, signature lines don’t necessarily show that the carpet is of a higher quality. Actually, the opposite is true at times, we should watch out for actual quality by evaluating the design and execution rather than looking for modern signature lines of the weavers to decide on the skill of the artist.
A good carpet, just like anything else, will be determined by a good quality material. It ensures a high-quality product. In the case of carpets and rugs, high-quality material means wool i.e. of raw pure silk and a handspun carpet like a shag rug. In short, the more wool or silk, the better the carpet. Good wool should have some shine or luster.
There are three main classifications of wool used for carpets:
- Chemically-dyed wool
- Vegetable-dyed wool.
Undoubtedly, naturally-stained and vegetable-dyed wool are more preferred compared to chemically-dyed wool. There are many reasons for this, but the biggest one is that naturally-stained wool is more aesthetically pleasing and valuable in comparison to chemical equivalents.
One significant thing to look for is the carpet colorfastness test. You can check this by absorbing a paper towel in a dye and gently dropping the towel on the back of the carpet. If dye on the fabric is visible, then it means that the dyes are less colorful and need more caution when cleaning. Obviously, if the color of the carpet is not the same as the room, then probably the room won’t look elegant.