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Having your Oriental or Persian rugs appraised in Las Vegas is a smart idea! Typically your reasons may include:

  • Insurance. In case of fire or theft, your insurance companies will ask you if you had the rug appraised for its true value or you may want to add an insurance rider based on an accurate appraisal.
  • Valuation for sale, donation, tax, or estate purposes. Many factors affect the worth of your Oriental rug, especially the misunderstood issue of whether your rug is an antique or not.
  • Creating provenance. Establish documents that confirm the history of your particular rug and photo images that record its current condition.

These are a few of the many reasons to have your rugs appraised. One thing, though, is certain: as a result of having a rug appraisal, you will have a greater understanding of the origin of your rug; its type, design, age, and knot count; and many fascinating insights into the world of Oriental and other fine rugs. If you need your Oriental rugs cleaned or appraised, then give us a call in Las Vegas today.



At first thought, appraising your Oriental rugs may seem like a task you’ll get to “someday.” However, rug appraisal is totally worth it in the here and now!

By appraising your rug in the Las Vegas area, you’ll be able to verify what it’s worth to your insurance company should it be damaged in a fire or flood. After all, if you can’t prove how much it’s worth, then no insurance company will compensate you for your perceived loss.

Next, you’ll be able to confidently and purposefully ask for a fair price if you decide to sell, auction, or donate your Persian rug in the future. When it’s time for your estate sale and you’re liquidating assets, you’ll know exactly what your rug is worth.

You will also be able to determine the history and origins of your Oriental rug, which will give you pride in your property and a unique piece of history to treasure in your family.

Finally, you’ll be more consistent with Oriental rug cleaning when you know just how much your precious heirloom is worth! Especially if you want to retain its value, you’ll prioritize rug cleaning perhaps more than you did previously.

Factors Affecting Rug Appraisal

Of course, the appraisal process requires an in-depth, intricate understanding of history, culture, and technique. Here at Oriental Express in Las Vegas, we have been washing Oriental rugs, tapestries, Persians carpets, and custom area rugs that most would consider priceless. While we believe the beauty of these Oriental rugs truly is priceless, we also are rug experts who can determine the value of your rug through our rug appraisal services. Read below and be sure to check out the handy infographic to help understand what determines the value of your Oriental rugs.

Knot Density

The Higher the Number of Knots, the Higher the Value

To put it simply, Oriental rugs are worth more when they have a higher knot density, or number of knots within a certain area. This is typically per square inch in the U.S.

To do this, your rug appraiser will turn the rug over and count the number of rows and columns of knots in an inch and then multiply the two numbers. So, as an example, let’s say there are 10 rows in an inch and 50 knots across, the KPSI (knots per square inch) would be 500. While the general rule is that the higher the KPSI, the higher the value of the rug, there are some fine rugs that will have a lower knot count due to its region, history, or style.


Antique Rugs Are Worth More Than Newer Rugs Are

Just as an antique piece of furniture is typically worth more than a new piece, the same can be said of rugs. There are, of course, always exceptions; however, this is the general rule for Oriental rugs.

One valuable aspect of determining the age of your Persian rug is simply for your own satisfaction! Both as humans and collectors, it is only natural to be interested in the story and background of your pieces. Finding out the age of your antique rug will give you insight into that story and show the importance of rug cleaning, rug repair, and the like. It’s important to remember, of course, that age isn’t the only factor affecting your rug’s appraised value.


The Better the Condition, the Higher the Value

By being on our floors, often in heavily trafficked areas, it’s inevitable that our rugs will show some wear and tear over time. Hopefully, your rug isn’t damaged by that bright yellow curry that spills, children cutting off tassels, or animals accidentally wreaking havoc. However, even basic wear over time can cause the condition of your Oriental rug to worsen. By the time your rug looks dull and dirty, it is already holding pounds of dirt.

Rugs trap contaminants and hide them well, but this, along with foot traffic, takes its toll. If you’re concerned about the condition of your Oriental rug in Las Vegas, then give us a call today! Our rug cleaning services will go a long way. It may not ever look brand new again (it’s an antique, after all), but it will certainly look and feel new to you.

Size, Style, and Design

All Three Can Greatly Affect Your Appraisal

The knot density is one criterion, but if it produces an appealing, delicate, and unique design, then it’s quite another! A large, detailed rug is understandably going to fetch a higher price than a smaller, plain rug. Lots of different colors or a famous or unique pattern will also up the ante for price.

As you can see, size, style, and design can all vary the results of your rug appraisal in Las Vegas. This is just one of the reasons why it’s important to work with an experienced appraiser. A rug appraiser knows it doesn’t come down to one single factor, such as the condition of the rug. Size, style, and design — along with all the other factors in this list — work together to determine its overall value. A rug appraiser is much like an artist in this way; they know the process is complicated and very different from plugging numbers into an equation.

Materials Used

Wool Is the Most Common Material for Rugs

The materials and their quality will also impact the value of your Oriental rug. While a common material doesn’t mean your rug will be valued for a low amount, a more unique material practically guarantees a higher number. Silk is valued much more than wool because it’s so much rarer and is complicated to produce and process. Its quality is also undeniable; for example, its colors remain bright for a long time and it can have very fine threads, meaning a more intricate design and higher knot density.

As you can see from this list, though, all factors come into play. So if your Oriental rug is wool, don’t fret over its value! The knot density, condition, age, and more can all make up the difference.

Country of Origin and Demand

Rarity Can Increase Value

Next, it’s important to consider your rug’s cultural background. There are many collectors who will pay a lot of money for rare rugs that are hard to find, and this is often a reflection of the Oriental rug’s cultural relevance. It is also important to recognize, though, that current styles may drive prices. Make sure to discuss this with your rug appraiser to determine if your rug’s value could decrease with changing trends.

If a certain weaver made your rug, your rug came from a specific decade, or the origin of your rug is a specific city or country, then the appraisal could greatly increase.

Your Oriental Rug Source in Las Vegas

Here at Oriental Express, we’re your go-to in Las Vegas for all things Oriental rugs. We offer cleaning services, rug pads, rug repair, rug washing, MicroSeal™ fabric protection, and, of course, rug appraisal services.

We know just how important a role your Oriental rug has in your home. With our rug appraisal services, you could learn more about its past, find out its current value, and better know how to care for it. Contact us today to get started with rug appraisal, Oriental rug cleaning, and more in Las Vegas.


When you need to know that your valuable, beautiful rugs are in good hands, turn to our expert team. We have the expertise needed to give your pieces of functional art the care they need. Our rug washing services provide radical results, taking tired rugs and transforming them to look new again. Contact us today!

  A thicker pile isn’t always better.  


Don’t equate thick pile with quality. Some of the highest quality rugs you’ll see will be quite thin. The key is understanding what kind of rug should go where. For instance, an expensive, thin-pile rug will suffer in a high-traffic area. Get a rug with some thick toughness if it’s going to need to stand up to consistent wear and tear.

Understand pile height.

If you aren’t sure which pile height is which, here is a helpful guide:

  • Low: less than ¼”
  • Medium: ¼” to ½”
  • Long/Plush: ½” to ¾”
  • Some shag piles go even longer than this, but we hope this guide helps you feel a bit more familiar with the concept of pile.

A shorter pile is a stronger pile.

A rug with shorter pile will last longer than a rug with long pile. Why? Because short pile is both easier to vacuum and less susceptible to damage.


Furniture will have an impact on the pile.

The longer the pile of your rug, the more vulnerable it is to being crushed by the feet and bases of furniture. All furniture generally leaves some sort of indentation on carpeting, but if you have a rug you treasure for softness, you might want to keep it out from under your furniture.

Long pile rugs must be cleaned with care.

Your vacuum can catch the pile on shag and long-pile rugs, causing damage. Be careful when you clean your rugs (better yet, let us do it).