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Your Guide to Choosing an Antique Chinese Rug.

When it comes to timeless rugs, few options can match the color and vibrancy offered by Chinese rugs. Incredibly detailed, gorgeously colored, and available in shapes and sizes to fit any room in the home, these one-of-a-kind rugs are popular around the world.

Of course, it can be daunting to choose a Chinese rug. This guide will help you make an informed decision and find a rug that will add life and beauty to your home for years to come.

1. Know what you want.

First, make sure that you want to purchase an Oriental Chinese rug. Don’t confuse these with Persian rugs, although they share some characteristics, such as detailed patterning. 

Oriental rugs may or may not be designed and manufactured in China. The same term is used for kilim rugs made in Anatolia. 

You should also not confuse an antique Chinese rug with an Aubusson rug, which is actually a style that originated in France.

2. Choose the right material.

Like other classic rugs, Oriental rug weavers make hand woven rugs from natural materials. Silk and wool are the two most common options. 

While both can last for decades, wool is slightly more durable. Both types require special care and cleaning, as well, but silk should ideally be dry cleaned, while a Chinese wool rug can usually be cleaned at home.

3. Choose the colors that speak to you.

While your Chinese rug will offer bold coloring, make sure you choose a color combination that will work well in your home. Rugs with blue design elements, rugs in teal, red rug options, and even Art Deco Chinese rug choices are available. 

4. Know why your rug costs what it does.

Fine rugs will always cost more than conventional pile rugs. That’s due to the amount of labor that goes into creating these rugs. However, even authentic rugs will vary in price based on the number of knots in the pattern. 

The more detailed the design, the more knots there are, and the higher the price will be. So, you can choose boldly colored options, like Art Deco rugs, and pay less than for a rug that features a detailed floral pattern.

5. Know how to care for fine rugs.

Knotted rugs are made from handspun yarn made from natural fibers and use vegetable dyes. That means they don’t hold up well to harsh cleansers or steam cleaning. Make sure the retailer you purchase from can guide you when it comes to caring for your new rug. 

With a little time and patience, you can compare your options and find the perfect option for your needs. Don’t rush your decision and make sure you shop with a reputable retailer that offers genuine rugs hand knotted by artisans.

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