The term “Antique” is used to describe a Persian rug that is over 100 years old.
Then you have a variety of terms such as:

Old- a rug that is generally around 70 years old

Semi-old – usually around 30-60 years old

Anything around 20 years old and less is usually regarded as a new rug.

Beware of Persian rugs being sold as an old or antique rug. It might be old, worn or threadbare but doesn’t necessarily mean it has any real value.

A genuine antique Persian rug is very expensive. If you think you are picking up a bargain for an old, worn rug that costs a few hundred pounds – don’t buy it! It is usually worthless.

Here are a few more tips to help you determine the age of a Persian Rug


The range that can be made using pure vegetable dyes is limited. In order to find out if its an antique oriental rug, you can easily become familiar both with these colours used over 100 years ago as with time the effect on the vegetable dyes is quite noticeable.

Synthetic dyes were not available until the late 1920s. The aniline-dyed antique oriental rugs have deteriorated so much that there aren’t that many around.

So, if the colours are obviously time worn vegetable ones, you have found another good way of telling if its an antique rug.

The Type of Rug:

Its important to determining the age of a rug

Many rugs have only been in existence in this century. for example, Pakistan rugs won’t be an antique oriental rug because Pakistan only started producing handmade rugs after 1945 .Similarly all the thick, ones such as Indian and Chinese rugs are usually modern.

Lighter coloured Kashan and Tabriz rugs were only made after 1920, in response to the western markets’ demands for lighter coloured rugs.

A “Genuine Antique Persian Rug” will usually come with a certificate. If you are unsure always get expert advice before buying.