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What’s the Average Price of a Persian Rug?

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When shopping for a new rug for your home, price is a huge consideration.

If you’re considering a one-of-a-kind, hand knotted oriental rug for your home, you’ll need to accept the fact that Persian rugs will be significantly more expensive than machine-made rugs. This is a direct result of the differences in quality and materials between hand-knotted and machine-made rugs.

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For over 30 years, RugKnots has crafted, imported and delivered the very highest quality rugs from the heart of Pakistan, where skilled artisans have passed down ancient oriental rug hand knotting secrets for generations.

 

Once you’ve decided to purchase a high-quality, one-of-a-kind, hand knotted Persian rug, you’ll find varying prices among the types and styles of Persian rugs and oriental rugs alike. Again, this is mostly a result in differences in quality – with some price marks also reflecting the costs of shipping, production, and/or current fashion styles.

 

You see, RugKnots is a family business that proudly imports the hand made and highly valuable area rugs to the U.S. headquarters. We have no middle man to pay, so we happily wrap our beautiful rugs carefully and ship it ourselves to a carrier service. Unlike our competitors who buy their rugs cheap and sell them for triple the amount they're worth because they have to pay all the shipping fees and seller fees so they make you pay for it. We believe in the less moving and touching of the expensive rugs, the better. Straight from our hand knotting masters to you. We do not pay anyone other than shipping for you.

But still, why are Persian rugs and oriental rugs so darn expensive!?

Well, we explain all there is to know about why they're worth a pretty penny.

How Do Sellers Determine the Price of an Oriental Rug Compared to a Persian Rug?

The main factors that determine hand knotted rug prices are their knot count and size. A rug’s knot count, or knots per square inch (KPI), is the number of knots woven into it per square inch. Most oriental rugs range from 7/7 knot count all the way to 16/16 — with 9/9 being a popular average.

However, Persian rugs are a thing of beauty and respected all over the world for this art. Persian rugs come in anywhere from 60 knots per inch to 1000 knots per inch for very expensive, almost extinct rugs.  

The higher a rug’s knot count, the more plush and soft its texture is — making it higher in quality. Furthermore, the higher a rug’s knot count, the more time and materials it requires to make.

So, oriental rugs with high knot counts are priced higher than rugs with low knot counts. Similarly, rugs large in size require more time and materials to produce; thus, large rugs are priced higher than small rugs.

Oriental rugs with a beautiful knot count from RugKnots.com

To easily compare two rugs prices, calculate the price per square foot of each rug. For example, a 6x9 Kilim Dhurrie rug that costs $920 would cost about $17 per square foot; in comparison, a 6x9 Bokhara rug that costs $1,600 would cost about $29 per square foot.

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The differences in pricing between these two rugs is a result of the time and materials required to produce them, as well as other more subjective factors (like overall style and popularity). Kilim Dhurrie rugs are produced in a low knot count, flatweave style that is lovely to touch, but less plush than Bokhara rugs. They also feature simple designs.

Bokhara rugs, on the other hand, feature more traditional styles and textures with dense, plush fibers and intricate designs. Bokhara rugs are considered classic and are always in style; Kilim Dhurrie rugs, on the other hand, are less prestigious in the oriental rug industry and have a more casual, modern style.

Though both rugs are beautiful, the price difference between the two represents their difference in physical and fashionable features.

Bokhara rug in a dining room from RugKnots.com

 

 

With such a multitude of oriental rug collections and styles to compare, it’s important to have a trustworthy, knowledgeable rug retailer to explain the reasoning behind price differences in different styles. Although most price differences will be a result of size and knot count, other factors like a rug’s wool quality, production country, age, dye types and design intricacy can impact its price. If you have questions but don't have a rug dealer, get in touch with RugKnots experts!

Below is a chart of reasonable prices for a handful of different oriental rug styles. Use this as a guide when shopping for oriental rugs to be sure you’re receiving a fair price for your product.

Rug style Reasonable Price per Square Foot
Peshawar $40-$55
Patchwork $32-$40
Chobi $40-$55
Hunza $50-$60
Bokhara $20-$30
Ikat $45-$90 (depends on amount of silk used)

 

With these prices in mind, a 6x9 authentic, hand-knotted oriental rug could cost anywhere between $1,000 and $5,000. Be aware of the rug’s size, knot count, origin and materials before purchasing to determine whether it’s priced fairly or not.

Still have some questions about oriental rugs and their prices? Feel free to contact RugKnots at (240)203-6555 or info@rugknots.com.

 

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