Consumers often confuse Oriental rugs
with Persian rugs. Although similar in look and feel, the oriental rug tends to be less expensive than the Persian counterpart.
Today, discount Oriental Rugs are readily available, they are machine made which accounts for their less expensive price tag. Suitable for most homes and still beautiful to look at, but they are not considered an investment.
Traditional hand knotted oriental rugs tend to be of a much better quality, due to the large number of knots and offer a more intricate pattern. Hand knotted oriental rugs will outlast the machine made rugs by about 50 years.
Although more expensive initially to purchase, a hand knotted rug will maintain is beauty and value much longer than a machine made rug.
Love the look of oriental rugs but don't want to put them on the floor? Why not try using one as a wall hanging?
Traditional Tibetan rugs designs include folk motifs, checkerboard designs, and tiger motifs. Colors on Tibetan rugs have been associated with their functions: orange or gold for religious ceremonies, and maroon rugs are used mainly for floor coverings in monasteries.
After the Chinese control in 1959, many Tibetans fled to neighboring India, Nepal and Bhutan and presently continue the art of weaving in exile.