The ascertainment of the authenticity of carpets and tapestries
relatively easy for an expert to tell whether in all likelihood a carpet is new,
old or antique.
establishing of exact dates, for really antique objects, is founded however more
on sensations or opinions than technical or historical bases, as the raw
materials, the dyes, the knotting technique and even the designs have not
undergone significant change over the centuries.
carpets were often the only elements of furnishing, their centre represented the
centre of the daily life and therefore the most worn areas are in this section.
Every kind of specific use
leaves a specific sign of wear, especially in prayer rugs where damage can be
observed in the areas on which the knees rest. (1)
main starting points for evaluating the age of a rug or carpet are the
Stylistic and technical comparison with antique carpets of certain dating.
Distinction between hand-knotted unique items and machine-woven industrial
Examination of the deterioration of the colours.
Observation of the signs of wear and their meaning. (Photo)