Published at Friday, October 12th 2018. by Renee Erickson in Area Rugs.
That is flat, woven rugs as an investment. It's ironic that people have not invested in these flat, woven carpets in America very much. Some of my friends have attempted to bring in better killings over the years and most of them failed in their efforts to bring in really good kilims. Let me give you an example of the rugs which sold too slowly to be viable in America is very, very unfortunate because, as I wrote in my first book, the killer dollar-for-dollar a good flat woven Caleb.
That's just warp and weft nope I'll a good one is going to be much less expensive than a pile rug. Unfortunately, Americans did not cotton on to this, because it's flat, it looks like a beach towel. Actually, it's the most archaic form of hand. Weavings of the early ones for the 19th century are totally unaffected by export. They are not commercialized at all their primeval.
It's a window to the archaic nature of the human mind, that is to say, the peasant, a mind. The motifs are so primeval that they're extremely interesting and important for collectors. I'm going to show you now the really good example of a killing which, as I say, unfortunately, people were not willing to pay the price, even though they were roughly fifty half the price of an of a pile rug. Americans, a sort of associated with like a beach towel or something flat, and therefore they plus there were slits in it. You know it's just basically, a Killam is basically warp and weft, so there are the white or ivory warps and then there are the colored Waifs that are built up in blocks and patted down or stretch down so that you don't even see the white warps.
It's padded very tightly, woven and they're very, very finely woven extremely durable, particularly with the thick pad. I've walked on them for years and years and years didn't put a dent in the good one. So talk about. Let me show you a couple of really good ones. This one is an excellent part of my own collection.
I don't know if you can see the slits, but there are slits because there has to be woven in a step fashion. So you can see these slits here. These lips are nothing they're, good, they're, actually very positive. See it's the hand, knotted process the way there that it's a slit leave it's like a basket weave, but they have to go back when they finish a panel of color and they have to step it step it across to interlock it at that point. So it so it doesn't just fall apart.
So there's going to be a little area generally, which is a little bit loosely woven. Absolutely meaningless has absolutely no effect on the value of the carpet, but unfortunately, the American public very often thought that this was something that they couldn't contend with and that's really unfortunate in terms of investment because, as I said before, I consider the Killam dollar for Dollar, since it's about fifty percent, the price in general for a good one of a good or a pan, knotted pile rug, it's actual dollar value wise for investment. In my opinion, I took this position in my first book, actually, a better investment than a pile rug. Okay, I'm going to show you another very good example. Well, I'll just show you part, look at the beauty of the colors I'll show you another one is slightly lower grade, but nonetheless very nice.
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