We spoke to David Sharpley of Tsar Carpets to get the low down on why there’s a huge discrepancy in rug prices on the market. He points out the five main elements that affect cost and what to look for when it comes to quality, cost, and materials.
- FIBER CONTENT
For every fiber, the price depends on the level of quality.
For example, even 100% New Zealand wool can be of high quality and higher price range-and also of a low price rang. If the customer is willing to compromise quality for the sake of cost, then so be it!
Choosing New Zealand wool of the highest grade will ensure that the lanolin content of the wool is high. Lanolin gives a natural water protective layer to the fibers, making the rug stain resistant. High quality New Zealand wool also has longer strands that make up the thread, meaning the yarn is stronger. These longer strands are the secret to making sure a rug retains its original quality for longer, and aids in the reduction of fluffing and shedding.
Some other fibers that are used include silk, bamboo silk, viscose and nylon.
Silk is usually the most expensive fiber, and nylon and viscose are usually the least expensive. Wool and Bamboo Silk combinations are very popular among those looking at mid-range prices for a high-end product.
Each of these fibers has its place in designing a rug.
Talk to a consultant at TSAR about which fibers best suits your style and practicality requirements.
2. MANUFACTURING TECHNIQUE
While both techniques produce high quality products, hand-tufting is a less costly option than hand-knotting. This is due to the amount of time, excellence and mastered technique required to create a hand-knotted rug.
For this reason, hand-knotted rugs are often seen as a more sentimental investment. The same price difference exists in the cost of craftsmanship- lower quality craftsmanship is cheaper than artisan craftsmanship.
Read more about Tsar’s Manufacturing Techniques.
3. COMPLEXITY OF DESIGN
The intricacy of your chosen design will dictate how long the manufacturing process will take, plus the level of craftsmanship required to produce the rug. These factors will ultimately affect the final price.
A more detailed design, such as using multiple colors and/or fibers, will have a higher price than a rug of a single color and basic pattern.
4. PILE HEIGHT AND WEIGHT
Pile height is another contributing factor to the price of a rug. The thicker the rug and the more raw material required to make it, the higher the overall price.
The weight of a rug is also an important factor in determining the cost of the product. The more densely a rug is tufted or knotted, the more expensive it will be in relation to its pile height.
High density rugs are sturdier, so they are perfect for high traffic areas like foyers, hallways or under dining room tables where you want to minimize indentation.
5. QUALITY OF FINISH
Other prices variations between suppliers can indicate quality of latex (for tufted rugs), quality of backing material, and quality of finishing.
Each of these five factors affect the longevity and beauty of your rug, along with the price.
The best and most useful advice for our customers?
Buy the best you can afford. A higher quality rug will last a longer time, and retain its original texture and design.
Contact TSAR for any questions, concerns, or to speak with one of their design consultants anywhere in the world.