Oriental rugs can be bought from dealers or at auctions. In either case, the carpet should be evaluated as to its artistic beauty, its condition, the quality of weaving, its place of origin and its age. An overwhelming majority of existing Oriental rugs were woven in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Occasionally, when a rug is made, the year is woven into the carpet in Hindi numbers.
It is recommend that the purchaser go the a reputable business where prices correspond to the quality of the merchandise -- and be prepared to spend a hefty sum of money. Oriental rugs typically blend well with the interior of Western homes. The colors are restful and harmonious. It is rare that an Oriental rug detracts from a room's furniture, tapestries or other decor.
Good Oriental rugs are meant to be used for several generations. It should be noted that, in many eastern countries, shoes are removed before walking on rugs, thereby extending the life cycles of the rugs. Obviously, an Oriental rug in the front foyer will wear faster than a rug in a formal living room with less traffic. Rugs hung on the wall can last for centuries.
An Oriental rug should be beaten rarely, if at all. It is preferable to sweep both sides of the carpet with an electric vacuum cleaner. Brushing the rug against the pile will push dirt deeper into the fabric. Commercial insecticides can be used to guard against moths.
It is a good idea to have an Oriental rug examined by an expert annually to check for tears or other problems. If a quality Oriental rug is cleaned and examined regularly, it should remain an object of beauty for years to come.