Age and Condition

Age

The age attribute specifies how old a rug is. There are three major timelines: Antique, Semi-antique and Contemporary (New). Although according to the US and Canada Customs laws a rug must be at least 100 years old to be considered an antique, but the age of a hand made rugs is categorized as follow:

Antique Rug : Rugs over 60 years old are considered antique.
Semi-antique Rug : Rugs between 25 to 60 years old are considered semi-antique.
Contemporary or New Rug : Rugs less than 25 years old are considered contemporary.

Sometimes the date of creation is woven into the rug.

 

Condition

The condition of a rug is an important element because it affects the beauty and value of the rug. Handmade rugs are classified according to their overall condition. In the handmade rug industry these conditions are Superior, fine, average and worn.