How do I identify a genuine Oriental Rug?

This is an easy question for The Mera Group to answer from a couple of photographs but, difficult in a narrative without going into a lot of detail. Take advantage of our free offer to look at photos and tell you. Email them to us with your contact information and we will get right back to you. 


What information should a professional appraisal include?

A professional appraisal should clearly and accurately describe the rug, including the following information: Type, Country of Origin, Size, Age, Description, and, of course, Value. 


What information should I gather before I contact The MERA Group?

Once the rug is out of harm’s way and stabilized and you have taken overall photos, going a step further at this point by taking more detailed photos and requesting key documents from the insured can make the whole process much easier and more efficient. And, remember, regardless of how damaged the rug is, “Save the pieces!”. Our “Claim Notification Form” and “Rug Photos Guide” can help you save time. 


Can wet rugs be saved?

Many times, yes. Time is very critical and fine rugs, especially those with fragile decorative fibers, need specialized attention. It doesn’t take more than a day, and many times, only a few hours for a wet rug to suffer damage such as color bleeding and dry rot.  Another little-known fact is that moths love damp areas!  Act quickly. Save the rug and you save hassles for the insured and money for everyone. 

Can I  get a value on a rug that has been stolen or completely destroyed?

Yes, especially if the insured has been proactive and taken photos and saved sales and cleaning records. In the event that the rug cannot be properly inspected and proper documentation and photos are not available, we take a forensic approach by working with the insured to piece together information.


What factors impact the value of an Oriental Rug?

Over 40 years ago, when Sy and Steve first started in this business this was a much easier question to answer. Quality was king!   Iran (Persia) was the largest producer of rugs and was the benchmark against which most other new rugs were compared. So much has changed. Quality and country of origin are still very important, but today, just like other home furnishings and wearable fashion, the market value of oriental rugs is very dependent on ever-changing fashion trends. 



Can a worn rug still have value?

Yes – especially today, for two major reasons. First is the growing popularity of worn rugs in decorating as part of the – “Shabby Chic” movement. Second is the amazing work that can be done to restore rugs that appear to be worn beyond salvation.