Weaves & Materials
When dealing with rugs and carpets its nearly impossible to overlook the importance of weaves and materials. We wholeheartedly believe an informed client is substantial to the success of our business and our client's endeavors.
Many rug dealers convince their customers that the a rug's value and quality are simply a reflection of "how many knots" the rug has. Though this may be important to a small niche group of collectors, a rug is worthless if the materials and dyes that comprise the rug are of low, poor or questionable quality.
Similarly, many rug types are critized, put down and/or overlooked because the uninformed shopper is either purposely mislead or simply doesn't understand what they are looking at. Yes, we all have our favorites, but that doesn't discount the quality of something we may not be interested in.
None of these points are a matter of insult, only a fact of the world that we live in. The economic reality is that anything can be misconstrued or manipulated when quality information is not at hand.
In an effort to provide scholarly resources, we have established this portion of our site to assist buyers, collectors and information seekers with a detailed knowledge base accessible at anytime.
"It always comes as a surprise to realize some of the most valuable carpets in the world are the Turkish Oushak which only have 36 knots per square inch. Why are they so valueable? It is the workmanship, character, dyes and materials used in the rugs' making."
"Many machine made rugs are made of substantially better quality wools and dyes than their hand-made cousins, though they are poo-poo'd simply because they were not imported from the middle-east."
We sincerely hope the information provided here will provide a positive rescource and/or help you make informed decisions about your rugs and carpets.
Weaves or rugs and carpets are as extensive as rug and carpet patterns. Shaneybrook has created an extensive guide to the weaves (and knotting technique) used throughout the rug and carpet world.
Ghiordes (Gordes) / Turkish
Sehna / Persian
Below are references to many of the materials used to make rugs and carpets.