Although ambiguous and variously interpreted, the term "Antique" generally refers to carpet of at least 100 years old. Carpets with this designation are increasingly hard to find as many are being sent back to Iran, with others held in private collections, appreciating with age. A benefit of buying an antique rug is that the natural dyes have been given time to mellow and have often partially oxydized from the wool, lending a three dimensional quality to the execution and a muted patina that cannot be reproduced.
Another benefit is the fact that output in many of the villages, once rich in carpet production, has dwindled over the years and as a result the few pieces left on the market have become collectable and highly valued, particularly those from areas of Russia bordering the Caspian Sea such as Baku, Kuba and Perpedil.
Designs, once prized by the collector, have also become rarified and it is seldom that we see hunting patterns detailed in silk with such unusual tones in today's market.
Several antique carpets count as pieces of interest amongst our collection and we recommend a visit to our showroom to experience their rich tonality and unique quality.