handmade carpet's pricing factors

handmade carpet’s pricing factors


Why is it that a handmade oriental carpet can have a price of 215 Euro while another similar carpet costs 2150 Euro or more?

There are many reasons and different factors which sets the price, we will explain these factors in more detail below. From the basic price, the artistic quality is judged and the handicraft is compared to similar carpets in the same style to set the final price.


A larger carpet takes more time to weave which also makes it more expensive.


How well have they succeded in combining the colours in the carpet and what kind of dyes are used in the material. If the natural colours harmonize well, this gives a higher price.

Style & origin

There are great differences when it comes to the handicraft and the quality of the material in a Persian carpet compared to a carpet from India. As well as the conditions between a workshop manufactured carpet and a carpet made by nomads.

Layout & pattern

If the carpet has an all-over motif or just fewer and smaller motifs this also affects the price. If it has a more detailed pattern, which took a long time to weave, then this will result in a higher price.


The materials that are used in the carpet and the quality on them is important when pricing a carpet. A silk carpet for example is more expensive than a carpet made of wool. The material used in the warp is also of importance.


A woven carpet takes a shorter time to manufacture than a carpet that is handmade.


What kind of knots used and the knot density is of very great importance. A carpet with high knot density commands a higher price, since it takes a lot longer time to manufacture.


An antique handmade carpet is often more expensive, but it is not the age that is decisive. An older carpet often has more charm given by time and that is hard to find in newly manufactured carpets.



If the carpet is in good condition without damages it is of course more expensive than a worn out, frayed carpet with bleached colours.

The comparison between new and older production is twisted by the fact that from the old production it is only the best carpets that are preserved.


The artistic expression

Two carpets made at the same time in the same village by the same work team can differ enormously in price. Why? Despite that the same number of knots have been used, the same material and that the carpets are exactly the same size, one is much more expensive.

One big reason for this can be for example the combination of the colours and the pattern used in the carpet. Another major reason may be the way they chose to weave the carpet – did they use “a thick pen” when drawing the pattern and therefore the fine but very important details had to be dropped? With a more detailed pattern, one gets a much more beautiful carpet even if the number of knots are the same!



If one should compare a handmade oriental carpet to another it is of great importance that it is compared to one in the same style, meaning a Tabriz with a Tabriz and not with an Isfahan for example.

You will find that different techniques, way of weaving and different types of yarn are used, just to give a few examples. One should not compare workshop manufactured carpets with nomad carpets. Different work conditions gives a different price.

source : https://www.carpetencyclopedia.com/your-carpet-purchase/pricing

where is tabriz?

where is tabriz?

Tabriz (pronounced [tæbˈriːz]  is the most populated city in Iranian Azerbaijan, one of the historical capitals of Iran and the present capital of East Azerbaijan province. Located in the Quru River valley, between long ridges of volcanic cones in the Sahand and Eynali mountains, Tabriz’s elevation ranges between 1,350 and 1,600 metres (4,430 and 5,250 ft) above sea level. The valley opens up into a plain that gently slopes down to the eastern shores of Lake Urmia, 60 kilometres (37 miles) to the west. With cold winters and temperate summers, Tabriz is considered a summer resort. It was named World Carpet Weaving City by the World Crafts Council in October 2015 and Exemplary Tourist City of 2018 by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

With a population of over 1.73 million (2016), Tabriz is the largest economic hub and metropolitan area in Northwest Iran. The population is overwhelmingly Azerbaijani, though Persian is spoken by residents as a second language.Tabriz is a major heavy industries hub for automobiles, machine tools, refineries, petrochemicals, textiles and cement production industries. The city is famous for its handicrafts, including hand-woven rugs and jewellery. Local confectionery, chocolate, dried nuts and traditional Tabrizi food are recognised throughout Iran as some of the best. Tabriz is also an academic hub and a site for some of the most prestigious cultural institutes in Northwest Iran.

Tabriz contains many historical monuments, representing Iran’s architectural transition throughout its deep history. Most of Tabriz’s preserved historical sites belong to IlkhanidSafavid and Qajar. Among these sites is the grand Bazaar of Tabriz, which is designed a World Heritage Site. From the early modern era, Tabriz was pivotal in the development, movement and economy of its three neighboring regions; namely the CaucasusEastern Anatolia and Central Iran. In modern era city played a vital role in the history of Iran. As the country’s closest hub to Europe, many aspects of early modernisation in Iran began in Tabriz. Prior to forced ceding of Iran’s Caucasian territories to Imperial Russia, following two Russo-Persian Wars in the first half of the 19th century, Tabriz was at the forefront of Iranian rule over its Caucasian territories. Until 1925, the city was the traditional residence for the crown princes of the Qajar dynasty.


what is tabriz carpet?

what is tabriz carpet?

Tabriz rug/carpet is a type in the general category of Persian carpets from the city of Tabriz, the capital city of East Azarbaijan Province in north west of Iran totally populated by Azerbaijanis. It is one of the oldest rug weaving centers and makes a huge diversity of types of carpets. The range starts at Bazaar quality of 24 raj (Number of knots per 7 cm of the widths of the rug) and on up to the incredibly fine 110 raj. Raj are the units of knot density (it shows the fitness of the rug which based on the number of strings used for the foundation of the rug. Strings materials are usually made of cotton or silk which is used for very fine rugs).

Tabriz has one of the most diverse displays of designs from medallion, Herati/Mahi, to figural, pictorial, and even 3-d shaped rugs.

The major producers in Tabriz today include: Alabaf of Tabriz, Galibafi Nassadji Tabriz, and Miri Brothers.

Tabriz has been a large and worldwide famous carpet making center in the Iran and the world. It played a significant role in development the rich traditions of the decorative and applied arts.

The art of Tabriz carpet was in its zenith in the 12th-16th centuries. About 200 Tabriz school masterpieces of the classical or “golden” period of the 14th century are characterized by a harmonic merge of the arts of miniature paintings and weaving, by a high level of craftsmanship demonstrated by artists and carpet weavers.


source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tabriz_rug