Tips For Novice Rug Collectors
So you want to become a rug collector. This can be overwhelming if you are going into this not knowing much. There are so many different styles, names, history, origin and materials that it gets real confusing real fast. Maybe you don’t even know the difference between a machine made rug and a hand-knotted rug and that’s ok since we were all there in the beginning once as well.
Below is a list of tips that will help you make a smart decision when looking to purchase some fine hand-knotted floor coverings.
1. Google is your friend. Be careful though not all the information found on the internet is accurate. There are some really good sites though to help you. Spongobongo.com is kind of like the old encyclopedias except just for rugs. You can really learn your rug identification here. There is also rugrag.com which has a really good forum section so you can ask all your questions as well as upload any photos that you think is necessary to help people teach you about the different rugs.
2. Do not accept their first offer. Rug dealers are used to people not accepting their first price and they will generally haggle with you. So work out your best deal.
3. The inspection process is vital to getting the rug you want. I personally know a dealer that has cats living in his rug showroom. The store is in a high end part of town but it always makes me wonder why he would have cats running around his showroom. So you should always inspect the rugs front and back for any signs of odors from pets, dry rot from water damage, moth damage, or any other signs that the rug will be needing a repair or a cleaning after you buy it. Many rug dealers will have people there to flip the rugs over for you and lay them flat. Don’t be afraid to get down on your hands and knees and smell the rug. You won’t offend anyone by doing that.
4. If you are still having trouble identifying quality rugs then you can always purchase a set of rug identification flash cards. The only thing I know remotely like this at all is sold by one lady, Ruth Travis, the rug lady. She came up with these and sales them on her website. There are 120 rug identification flash cards in the set. Just go to rugladyseminars.com
5. Don’t let it be overwhelming to you. It is very easy to be taken advantage of with rugs when you don’t have the knowledge. So take the time to learn about rugs and then when you go out looking at rugs to purchase you won’t feel like you were taken advantage of. These dealers just want to sale their rugs, but only you can make sure you are getting the best deal possible.