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Adjusting Claims Involving Oriental Rug Dealers

March 11, 2014 by Steve

Dealer Claims Adjusting claims involving Oriental rug dealers can be tricky. In addition to establishing true replacement value, challenges include navigating the jargon and dealing with less than transparent way oriental rug dealers can do business. WRV The first step, of course, is to determine what value you are placing. Our experience is that most […]

What Makes A Rug An “Oriental Rug”?

December 19, 2013 by Steve

It’s all in how it is made. An Oriental rug is a hand knotted loomed pile carpet. Although we think of oriental rugs as being woven in countries like Iran, India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, the Caucasus and North Africa, they can be woven anywhere in the world and still, by definition, be called an Oriental […]

Do You Know What You Are Looking At?

December 19, 2013 by Steve

Handmade, Hand-woven, Hand-tufted, Oriental Rug, Kilim – There has always been confusion about what each of these terms refers to. Even within the rug industry they are haphazardly and wrongly used- and many times intentionally. There is an overlap, to be sure, but they cannot always be used interchangeably and their values can be miles […]


November 19, 2013 by Steve

The Case Approximately 100 rugs that were stored in a basement by a dealer became saturated with water when a water pipe let loose.  After the flooding, all but 5 of the rugs were brought outside the building, piled up behind a shed, and exposed to the elements, including numerous rain storms and a harsh […]

Storing Rugs

November 19, 2013 by Steve

Storage 101 and Moths In response to last month’s request for newsletter topics, I received several questions on the right way to store rugs and how to deal with moths. Since these topics are very often related, I thought it made sense to deal with them together. Now You Cedar, Now You Don’t! Cedar-lined closets […]

Professionals dealing with Professionals Dont settle for less!

October 1, 2013 by Steve

Insurance and legal professionals should demand that appraisal reports from the experts you hire be professionally done. The report does not need to be fancy but it needs to be comprehensive, complete and presented in a professional way. In fact, it has been our experience that some of the most adorned, diploma-like appraisals have been […]

Race Against Time A Case Study

October 1, 2013 by Steve

  The Case A theft of 12 unusual fine and antique Oriental Rugs from a high end store was reported. A handwritten inventory was submitted and a surveillance camera with an obstructed view that was mounted on a nearby building documented the entire process of breaking in, loading up the rugs into a small SUV […]

Jewelry needs to be Appraised so do Oriental Rugs

August 6, 2013 by Steve

As is true for jewelry, appraising Oriental rugs is a highly-skilled task, best done by someone with specific in-depth knowledge of the factors that contribute to their value. With the hundreds of fine rugs that we clean each year, we are often asked for advice on appraising Hand Knotted Oriental rugs that are in for […]

Virgin Wool?

April 3, 2013 by Steve

First, let’s define “wool” According to “The Wool Products labeling Act of 1939” (b) The term “wool” means the fiber from the fleece of the sheep or lamb or hair of the Angora or Cashmere goat (and may include the so-called specialty fibers from the hair of the camel, alpaca, llama, and vicuna) which has […]

Washing your own Oriental Rugs- Good idea?

April 3, 2013 by Steve

This post is for the “do-it-yourselfers” out there who want to clean their own rugs because they either think they can save a few dollars or simply find joy in being hands on. We aren’t talking about spot cleaning and first aid. We’re talking about tackling the whole rug. For centuries, a good soap and […]