Handwoven rugs represent a timeless piece of decor. Indeed the older the rug, the more esteemed it becomes. Whether you lay one as a runner in the hallway or position it on the wall as a piece of art, the oriental rug is universally recognised and revered. There is no one set origin for the oriental rug as it has been produced in many geographical locations for centuries. Thus it is categorised by origin, for example Arab rugs, Persian rugs, Chinese rugs, Turkish rugs and Turkestanian rugs to name a few.
One major problem for many when purchasing an oriental rug is knowing whether it is genuine or rather a fake posing as the real deal. Many people have and continue to be caught out and find themselves stuck with a machine manufactured imposter and a hefty dent in their wallet. Even Mayle jokes at the seller's over enthusiasm at trying to upsell the products, whilst donning a patented pair of shoes. Yet if they are real, which can usually be distinguished by a few tips including identifying the same design on the front and back of the rug (machine manufactured rugs tend to have a less distinct pattern on the back), a fringe that hasn't been stitched on after the completion of the rug, and signs of some kind of age, wear and tear then you can smile at being the proud owner of a highly regarded, and aesthetically beautiful, piece of handmade art.