Owning a Persian carpet is like owning a valuable piece of history. Genuine carpets from Iran, formerly known as Persia, are treasured by collectors world-wide. Famed for the beauty of their patterns, their intricately woven colors, durability and the years of labor that went into making each carpet, Persian rugs add an element of class to any environment.
If you own a Persian rug, it’s valuable. Since September 2010, the U.S. government put in place an embargo against goods from Iran. This includes Persian rugs coming into or going out of the United States. You can buy Persian rugs that are already in the country without recourse, but by excluding the importation of these rugs, the pool of available merchandise is diminished, increasing their value.
Several types of wool are used in making Persian carpets, and the type of wool reflects in its value. If yours has a sheen that increases with age, your wool was taken from a live animal. The lanolin and oils contained in the fibers prolong the life of your carpet and are softer than other wool. Carpets made of dead and recycled wool are dull and rough to the touch, giving them little value.
The older your rug, the more valuable it is. In fact, some rug merchants in the past wouldn’t sell a newly made carpet, instead waiting several years for it to age so it would bring more money. Washing with chemicals, fading and repairs that are poorly made affect the value of your carpet.