The price range is huge, from budget rugs that may be bought at stores like Ikea, to valuable works of art, sold for millions of dollars at the auctions.
With well-developed industry nowadays, it is possible to buy a high quality machine rug for a significant amount of money. But the handmade, or handwoven, as they should be properly referred to, rugs are those of the highest quality, durability, and beauty. What makes the price, high or low, is the material used, whether is wool (and what quality) or silk, the region a rug is made, the tradition, the pattern, the historical popularity and value.
Among handwoven carpets, oriental carpets, especially Persian rugs, are most appreciated and most valuable. And among Persian rugs – the antique ones can rich really high prices. But they are worth each single dollar spend on them as they are true works of art.
The added value to a handwoven Persian rug, apart from it being a piece of art, is the fact that you can actually use it, feel it and touch it, and not just admire from time to time.
High quality wool, months of hard work of many weavers to complete just one carpet, unique patterns and colors make a rug expensive. Additions of silk yarn and metal (silver, gold) threads count up to a rug’s beauty and make it more expensive. A hundred per cent silk rug, especially an antique one, will be among the ones with the highest prices ever, but owning a piece like that is a unique experience in life.