Buying an Oriental Rug Like a Rug Dealer

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In the market for an Oriental rug to enhance your home decor? Then when it comes to the actual shopping you certainly have a lot of choices. Offline rug stores and online rug dealers are everywhere. However, if you are looking for a bargain, something a little out of the ordinary or an Oriental rug that is a little bit of both then you may be best served avoiding the obvious retail outlets and taking a few lessons from professional Oriental rug traders.





The Road to a Rug Less Travelled 

The vast majority of people who make a living as Oriental rug dealers or traders do usually buy about 80% of their stock directly from a manufacturer. The rest however, especially for a smaller, specialist trader tend to come from some very different, less expected sources and it is by following their lead in this respect that you may be able to score yourself a real gem at a bargain price.


So where should you shop. Experienced Oriental rug dealers head to, or browse through,  all of the following places when they have time:

Flea markets (especially the smaller, noncommercial ones)
Antique stores
Second hand stores
Consignment furniture stores
Local newspaper ads
Classified advertising websites like Craigslist and Backpage
Local Hospice thrift shops (which often carry stock from estate sales)


How Will I Know What I am Getting? 

The simple fact is that if you make use of the alternative avenues mentioned above the chances that the people offering to sell you a certain Oriental rug actually know very much about it all are slim (which in some ways can be a big boon for a buyer.) That means that you will having to be willing to undertake your own research if you want to learn more about the rug other than you really like the way it looks.

Fortunately there are a lot of resources out there that can help you discover more about your rug (including a number of them here on this blog.) Even something as simple as snapping a picture of your rug and then running it through a google image search can reveal quite a lot of information in some cases. If you are expecting to find a million dollar rug for $10 though prepare to be disappointed as things like that happen very rarely. If on the other hand you just want an Oriental rug you'll love and that suits your tastes and your home you are likely to be very happy.

Taking Your Find Home 

Before you permanently 'install' your new Oriental rug in its new home one of the best things you can do is contact a company offering Oriental rug cleaning in Rhode Island and arrange for your new find to have a refreshing 'bath'. As you are likely to know very little about when, or even if, the rug has last been cleaned doing so will make sure it is in the best possible condition when you lay in down in its new spot.


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