How Valuable is My Rug?

HOW VALUABLE IS MY RUG?

This is a question that comes up time and time again.

Our experience is that the value of a rug can be looked at in two ways:

Firstly there is the monetary value and then there is the sentimental value.

Putting a monetary value on your rug is a job for the experts. While the cost of a new rug can be high due to the intricacy of the weaving, the fame and reputation of the designer, the materials used or the time taken to complete the rug, the really high prices that rugs can garner are often due to other factors such as origin, age and (sometimes, but not always) quality.

 

The most expensive rug in the world

The value of rugs, while determined by some of the aforementioned factors, can also be largely influenced by the appeal of owning a unique piece of cultural history. Take for example “the most expensive rug in the world”.

the most expensive rug ever sold

The most expensive Rug ever sold

This 17th Century Antique Persian Rug (8ft x 6ft) was put up for auction in Sotheby’s in June 2013. Its sale was hotly anticipated by those in the know due to its origin, its rarity, its perceived beauty, its age, excellent condition, and its historical value. However, the bidding exceeded all expectations and its new owner bid a whopping $30,000,000.00, to which was added an additional $4,000,000.00 in auction fees alone! Not a bad day’s work for Sotheby’s!

 

Oriental rugs

There are still plenty of beautiful modern and antique oriental rugs out there for those of us who don’t have a cool $34 Million lying around. However, the Oriental rug business can be extremely complex. If you only buy a rug as a memento of your holidays then the price you pay is probably the most important thing to you. On the other hand if you decide to make your rug purchases an investment you need good advice. Our advice is to find a reputable dealer who knows the market.  Their job is to make sure that the pieces are in good condition, know where they originated and what a reasonable price to pay is. Peter Linden would be the best known and reputed antique and oriental rugs expert in Ireland. You can find him at www.peterlinden.com.

 

Sentimental Value

For many people, the true value of their rug is sentimental.  In many ways this is more important to us than the monetary value. Although we are covered by public and product liability insurance for any eventuality, sentimental value and personal attachment is impossible to replace. This was brought home to me vividly a couple of years ago.

I visited a customer in south Dublin to quote for cleaning 1 rug.  The man showed me his 6ft x 4ft rug and pleaded with me not to damage it. So forceful was he that I wondered if we should even take it away.  We did and it cleaned up beautifully.  When I returned the rug I asked him why he had been so concerned about possible damage.  His reply told me the value of this rug.  Three months had passed since his wife died and she had made the rug for him.

 

Not Just a Rug

Almost every rug we clean has a story to it. Buying a rug can be a really unique experience.  It evokes memories (usually good ones) for years.  That is why we take the cleaning of these rugs so seriously.  We are dealing with more than just your precious rug.

I don’t know how valuable your rug is.  What I do know is how to safely clean it and not damage it in any way.

If you are looking for advice or a quotation on getting rugs cleaned, why not get in touch. Email info@aqua-dry.com or call 01-8400799. Find out more about our rug cleaning at https://www.aqua-dry.com/clean-my-home/domestic-rug-cleaning-service-dublin/.

Read more of Tom’s guide to carpet cleaning frequency: “How often should I get my carpets cleaned?”

 

 

Dorinda Kenny
Dorinda Kenny
10:01 06 Nov 18
Excellent result with AquaDry would highly recommend them. Tony is excellent fast efficient and leaves no area undone - carpets look like new Sofas look great...have re booked for the remaining rooms would definetly use this company again - ask for Tony!
Elmarie Molloy
Elmarie Molloy
14:14 16 Aug 18
Had team visit my family home to clean downstairs carpets. Met with superb professionalism and left with a fantastic result. Brought carpets back to life. Will be booking again. Thanks team.
Rachael kummert
Rachael kummert
12:39 30 May 18
We recently purchased a new sofa and wanted to protect it from any potential spills. I rang Aqua-Dry, the very helpful Hannah explained the process and cost structure and was able to book me in the next day. I would highly recommend the excellent professional services of Aqua-Dry. The coating is applied there were no strong smells and no disruption. They are helpful, efficient and very courteous. The company comes recommended by both Frank McGowan Furniture and Arnotts Department Store and us! Thank you Tom!
Samaanth Moore
Samaanth Moore
12:48 20 Apr 18
I had a bit of a crisis involving spilled paint on carpet. Aqua-Dry Carpet Cleaners came to my rescue! They were finishing a job nearby and were able to get to me within a half hour. They told me to keep the carpet wet while I waited for them to arrive. When they got here they got to work right away and they were able to get all the paint up! After they left they called and told me to watch out for any paint that may come up from the concrete and to call if I noticed anything and they will come back out. I'm really impressed at how quickly they responded to my call and how professional they were. The price was extremely affordable. I would use them again in a heartbeat and would recommend them to anyone needing their carpets cleaned.
Claire Hayden
Claire Hayden
08:59 14 Mar 18
I just had my carpets cleaned and I can't believe how amazing they came out. Aqua-Dry Carpet Cleaners were fast, courteous and professional. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND this company. AND it was super affordable. I won't use anyone but Aqua-Dry Carpet Cleaners
Melanie John
Melanie John
12:11 26 Feb 18
I have used many different companies, primarily because I never found one worth to have back. The others weren't bad, they just didn't give me a reason to hire them again. Not the case here. Aqua-Dry Carpet Cleaners could not be more professional. Arrived on-time and did a fantastic job! My carpets were clean fresh and looked like new.
Anastasia Melnicova
Anastasia Melnicova
06:23 02 Feb 18
I was delighted with Aqua-Dry services. What a great work they did on my rug. I am thrilled to see the refreshed, totally clean and looking like new rug. Although it takes quite a long time to get your item back and it is not a cheap service, it totally worth waiting and paying. I would definitely recommend Aqua-Dry and will be using them again.
Timmy Doherty
Timmy Doherty
14:22 14 Jul 17
Best carpet cleaner in Dublin! Very honest, reliable and professional
Una OShea
Una OShea
15:27 10 Jul 17
Just had Tom and his son cleaning my carpets. What a terrific job they did, they told me I had moths in my sitting room eating merrily away at my carpet but were very reassuring that they could deal efficiently with the problem and advised me how to avoid it in the future. My carpets came up like new especially the stairs which is down for about 14 years. I would highly recommend Aqua-Dry and will certainly use them exclusively in the future. Thanks a million
Meg Walker
Meg Walker
10:53 05 Jul 17
Delighted with our rugs! We've just moved back into our house after three long months out for repairs and wanted to make the most of this opportunity by freshening everything up. Aqua-Dry took away all our rugs for cleaning and stored them for us until we got back and they were like new on return. We have a few Oriental rugs which need to be cleaned by hand and I don't trust these to just anyone. Thank you for a very professional service and for going that extra mile.
cora mc closkey
cora mc closkey
12:59 10 Nov 16
After a bug passing through the house I needed the carpetes cleaned. Aqua dry were quick to respond. Tony did a super job on the bedroom carpets and a few spots along the way. He was prompt, efficient, friendly and a pleasure to have around. Will defiantly be calling on aqua dry again. Thanks guys.
Paul Caron
Paul Caron
16:04 30 Aug 16
I honestly couldn't be happier with the service. Tom collected and returned the rug when he said he would and it came back looking so much better. We got it cleaned because our cat had peed on it a few times last year but I didn't realise how much everyday dust and dirt had built up in it over 10 years even though it's vacuumed every week. It came back looking noticeably brighter and the wool had its lovely lustre back. The pile was also fuller and softer. I hadn't appreciated how flattened down it had become. I'll definitely be recommending Aqua-Dry to anyone I know who needs their rug cleaned.
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