Hand knotted oriental rugs are more than just a floor covering, they are an art form with a history spanning thousands of years and a wide variety of cultures. Handmade rugs are used as protection from the elements, decoration for dwellings, objects of desire, and family heirlooms for people from all walks of life.
At Serafian's, we know buying and caring for an Oriental rug can be an intimidating process. You don't need to be an expert to find the rug that suits you, but we feel education is a great way to begin the experience of purchasing and owning a fine area rug. Our rug professionals have built a wealth of knowledge through decades of experience, and enjoy sharing and guiding our customers towards understanding the vast history, tradition and craft surrounding the world of these beautiful and time honored works.
Many people ask us the real difference between handmade and machine made rugs. The answer is that a good quality handmade rug, if well maintained, will look beautiful and strong for lifetimes. We often see rugs that have been in a family for 3 or 4 generations and are still in use, still beautiful, and ever increasing in value. Machine made rugs do not offer the same level of longevity and perseverance.
The art of weaving dates back for thousands of years. The designs used in Oriental rugs have been passed down for many generations and shared among neighboring tribes and groups, while constantly evolving with the testes of new generations. Simultaneously, many common designs have stood the test of time, and remain largely unchanged from their original, traditional patterns, being considered "classic" for their style and elegance.
An Oriental carpet is much like any fine work of art. They can appreciate in value over time, but it is essential for the investment to be protected. In general, they are made to last for generations. If you take a few simple precautions your rug can last for decades, while looking beautiful throughout its life, and the lives of owners to come.