Carpets are like every form of craft: skillfully displayed they emphasize the grandour and beauty of the interior. And like every art they can become a great way to invest money, provided that we estimate their value well. In order to bring out their full beauty it is important to know a few rules of decorating the interiors. The key decor principle is matching the carpet to the design of the floor. It is worth remembering that contrast highlights the beauty of the carpet perfectly. Dark carpets or ones with intense colors look best on clear floors made of light wood or marble. Bright carpets - conversely, ideally fit terracotta floors or dark wooden tiles.
There are no strict rules for combining certain styles of furniture with specific carpet patterns. The choice depends on the specific interior and the preferences of the owners. Some people will consider geometric designs to be perfect for complementing a room filled with antiques, for others the same designs will be perfectly suited for a modern interior. The function of the room doesn't impose any limits either: even modern, luxurious bathrooms can have a carpet as an element of the design, which then can emphasize the exclusive nature of their interiors. Klimas are ideal children's rooms decorations, and gabbehs fit well in country inns and summer houses. In a workplace carpets can make the interiors more friendly for people, which is why it is beneficial to "soften" the offfice spaces, boutiques and workshops by adding carpets. Some carpets can also be hung on the walls, for example Caucasian carpets are ideal to decorate the space above the bed.
Carpets are created not only by anonymous craftsmen, but also by well-known ones, such as Rasam Arabzahde from Teherean. Carpets made in Iran have long been valued very highly and considred to be of top quality. In assessing the value of a carpet one should take into account the number of knots, the quality of decorations and raw materials, the dyeing technique and the condition of the carpet. It is harder to assess the value of the pattern itself; the only clear indication here are asymmetric imperfections indicating that the product had been woven in a small manunufactory. As in the case of paintings, the carpet price can increase if it is auctioned by a prestigious auction house. To estimate the carpet value it is also crucial to know the date it has been woven. However, this can be difficult to judge: the estimate is a result of the analyses of the design, the method and the materials used as well as the signature, which occasionally can appear on the carpet. Reliable information about the age of the carpet can be obtained by analyzing the dyes and estimating the period in which these dyes were used in the country of its origin. In the case of the most valuable carpets the carbon dating method is used. Sometimes the date of the manufacture is woven into the carpet, usually given according to the Muslim lunar calendar. Although, it is not a sure proof, or a even common practice. Similarly, it is rare to see the maker of the carpet sign it with their name - most of them do not sign their masterpeices because of the principles written in the Qur'an. However, if the carpet has the name of its maker, it usually appears inside the cartouche located in the upper part of the carpet, or hidden among the decorations.