Modern or Traditional? If you’re interested in traditional Persian or Tribal rug designs, you may consider purchasing an antique rug through a respected dealer. You may also find new rugs that look old, at a lower price. Contemporary designs are widely available, many of which have been adapted from old techniques and styles.
Hand-Knotted, Hand-Tufted or Flat-Weave? Hand-knotted rugs tend to be higher in quality because of the intensive labor required. Hand-tufted rugs, which involve stenciling a pattern on the backing of the rug and then threading yarns into the design, are less expensive. Flat-weave rugs are also less expensive because they require less labor.