The good quality antique and
new carpets are not only beautiful pieces of art but
are also good investments for long run and even can
be nice decoration of flats.
In case of antique carpets the rarity, physical condition
and knowledge of the actual history of the carpet, etc.
determine the market value.
Through the public channels of international trade you
will never find the really valuable carpets as they
get to new owners through other closed channels.
On the below mentioned most famous pages you hardly
see prices exceeding USD 100.000, which is only a put-up
price for really antique pieces.
is the only international carpet magazine, which is
the bi-monthly "Bible" of the carpet fans.
Today the new silk carpets belong
to the category expressly recommended for collection.
As far as we can see it now, after 20-30 years nowhere
and nobody will make any silk carpet. One of the most
famous silk carpets all over the world is Hereke, made
in Turkey. Since 30 years you cannot see any new, original
Hereke in the market. All the Hereke carpets offered
to American tourists in the Istanbul bazaar are only
replicas made in China. There is no-one in Turkey who
would devote years from his life to make a silk carpet.
In Iran the prices have increased 30-40% during the
recent two years, because out of the earlier 5.3 million
carpet makers 1.5 million stopped carpet knotting. Probably
Kashmir is the last acropolis of silk carpets where
due to the uncertain political situation people have
no other income than carpet making.
When defining the value
of silk carpets, the following viewpoints are taken
1. colours of the carpet
2. patterns of the carpet
3. quality of the material of the carpet
4. number of knots, which qualifies the carpet according
to the international qualification table to be found
in the following link:
new collectors it is a very important advice that they
should buy any carpet, especially silk carpet only after
holding the carpet in their hands and qualifying its
individual value on basis of the aforementioned list.