Oriental rugs are the product of ancient craftsmanship whose creative designs, lively colors and fabrics make any living space come to life.
This style of area rugs were originally created in Central Asian countries such as Turkey, Persia, Iraq, Pakistan, Nepal, India, Afghanistan, and yes, China. The word 'Oriental' describes the specific classifications of area rugs, including: Central Asian, Persian Rugs, and Turkish rugs.
You should understand the types of cleaning, care and maintenance that are needed to preserve your area rugs as well. If the Oriental rug is made of synthetic or natural fibers it could be machine-made, however hand tufted rugs are often made of natural fibers.
Many experts believe that using natural fibers such as wool (most common in oriental rugs), silk and goat or camel hair offer extra value. The durability of wool allows the rug's strength, shape and beauty to be maintained.
When shopping for an oriental rug, find out whether natural or synthetic dyes were used. Artificial dyes such as aniline and chrome and natural dyes are extracted from vegetables. Check the type of fibers used as well. Most machine made area rugs can be of synthetic or natural fibers. Also, determine whether it is machine or hand-woven. Check the density which might range from 40-1,000 knots per inch. High knot counts indicate a higher quality rug, and extremely high knot counts are indicative of museum quality rugs.
Olefin (polypropylene), nylon, polyester, acrylic and cotton and various blends are used to make oriental rugs. Synthetic oriental rugs are usually less expensive than those composed of natural thread and they are more stain resistant. Synthetic, machine-made oriental rugs (5x8) may be priced at over $100. The fibers used, and how the rugs are constructed, along with their size and originality, will determine the price you'll pay.