There are different ways to distinguish antique oriental rugs to a semi-antique oriental rug and to a normal oriental rug that are sold everywhere in the market.
An antique oriental rug has characteristics that a normal rug does not possess. Antique carpets have a specific colour called abrash. Abrash is what antique experts call the hue of the rugs when viewed in different angles. This abrash effect is still a mystery for antique collectors who also studied the uniqueness of these antiques. They have tried to replicate the process of giving colour to the wool but they fail to get the result they wanted. This is the main reason why antique collectors are very fond of collecting these fine rugs.
Collecting antique carpets has become so popular these days, because of its value that goes up as time goes by. It is true that collecting antique rugs is a very fine hobby. It is also an ideal way of investing in something that is old but has a very good price value. Here are some tips on how they collect antique oriental rugs.
The first thing you need to do when planning to collect antique oriental style rugs is to learn how to distinguish the difference between the antique oriental and synthetic rugs. Buy books that will give you information that will help you learn important things about oriental rugs. You can also use technology in your search for information about these antique rugs. Attend seminars and join collector's groups that specialize in collecting antique carpets. By doing so you can gain access about the first-hand information that they have.
Once you've gathered all the information and knowledge that you need to start collecting rugs it is time for you to go out there and see oriental antique rugs in real life. To be able to learn everything about antique rugs you should experience a close encounter with one. One place to go are shops that sell antique oriental rugs that have value. When you visit shops you should be able to distinguish valuable rugs with those that don't have values. You can practice your skills in identifying authentic rugs. You ask the seller whether what they sell are merely replicas for oriental antique rugs or authentic antique collections. You can also check from auction houses that sell antique rugs. You should also be keen on the price since authentic and valuable antique rugs are a lot more expensive than its other counterparts.