4 Tips for Selling Antique Area Rugs

Often times through an inheritance – or even just our own tastes changing over time – we wind up with stuff that we don’t necessarily want, but can still appreciate and recognize as valuable. If you happen to find yourself in a position where you’d like to rid yourself of an antique area rug, we’d like to share some critical tips with you in an effort to help you get maximum value out of your antique area rug.

1. Have Your Rug Appraised by an Expert

If you’re at the point where you feel you’d like to sell your antique area rugs, it is in your interest as a seller to know what the rug’s actual value is. Before you start looking for buyers, you should have an expert give you a written evaluation and appraisal. It’s often a good idea to have more than one appraisal performed, but only one needs to be put into writing. The rest can be verbal, and should be done mostly to confirm the information in the written appraisal.

Appraisals usually cost between $25-$100. Here at Alyshaan Fine Rugs, we offer expert appraisal service to our customers. To learn more, visit our site.

2. Have Your Antique Area Rugs Professionally Cleaned

Rugs get dirty. It’s an unavoidable reality for any area rug that has been used, even lightly. While regular vacuuming certainly helps with the cleanliness and life-extension of an area rug, a professional cleaning will help bring back the vibrant colors and patterns that once lit up the room. It is very important to have the rug cleaned by a professional who specializes in handmade rug cleaning. For an average cost of $2-4 per foot, cleaning by a specialist will give you better results. They’ll also be able to let you know any repairs that need to be made.

Alyshaan can provide a professional cleaning of your rug. We can show you before and after pictures comparing repaired rugs to what they looked like before, as well as pictures showing what a professional cleaning can do. You will be sure to notice major differences in both the way patterns appear and colors “pop.”

3. Make Repairs Based on the Evaluation

When you have your rug evaluated, the appraiser will let you know any repairs that need to be made to get the most money from the sale. Cleaning can be done before you have the rug priced out, but repairs should wait until afterward because they’re more expensive, and part of the appraisal will be letting you know exactly what fixes need to be made. If your rug needs to be repaired before sale, bring it into our Scottsdale, AZ store, where our trained specialists can perform all of the restoration service your rug requires.

4. Sell Your Antique Area Rugs – Consignment or Online

When it comes time to selling your antique area rugs, you have two options: selling yourself online, or placing it on consignment with a reputable rug dealer. Some sellers choose to sell their rug online in order to keep the sale in their own hands, but consignment will generally fetch a higher price in the long run. Choosing to go the consignment path means finding a reputable rug dealer that can get the best price on your rug. If you’re looking for a reputable dealer to help you get the most from your sale, contact us here at Alyshaan today for service you can trust.

If you’re interested in having Alyshaan purchase your antique area rugs, please call 480-607-4955 and have as much information about the rug as possible on hand (i.e. rug size, origin, thread count). This information isn’t strictly necessary, but it will help with the process.

Whether you want to sell your rug independently or through a shop such as Alyshaan, there are plenty of ways to ensure you get the most for your antique rug. We can give you an honest appraisal and point you in the right direction for independent sale, or walk you through our purchasing process. Either way, Alyshaan is here to help you with your antique rug.

by Allison Edrington

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