I stumbled upon an article on Collectors Weekly about collecting Persian rugs and carpets. This was really a surprise to us Smoots because we never expected anyone would bother collecting carpets and rugs. For the longest time, I’ve known the carpets and rugs as functional additions in a home so why would people want to collect them?
By the way, my assumption is that if you collect something, you have the intention of keeping it for such a long time that you will go to far extents to make sure that their state is preserved, that they don’t suffer from the typical wear and tear experienced by frequently used items. So I’m really wondering what collectors intend to do with the rugs and carpets they collect. Are they just keeping them in some box? Do they put them out in their houses but with the explicit warning to visitors and household members to not step on them to avoid damaging them?
Apparently, carpet and rug collectors really appreciate the carpets they collect, especially those with unique designs they randomly stumble upon. They do use their carpets but some very rarely do so or never even set out the carpets or rugs to be used in the house. It’s a matter of preference. Of course, the more expensive ones rarely leave their storage containers. They tend to be only used during special occasions or when their owners.
When it comes to finding these carpets, most collectors look for items they can collect by looking them up online or by asking for recommendations from their friends or acquaintances. They seldom buy their carpets online, though. If they find something they like, they usually pay the store a visit to personally inspect the item. I’m not sure if they have concerns over authenticity but I’m quite certain that they want to make sure that the are getting a quality carpet or rug. The price, for these collectors, is only a secondary or even a tertiary concern. They may want to negotiate for a lower price but for the most part, they are not lowballers and cheapskates who buy things based on the price.
For the cleaning part, I found out that many carpet and rug collectors do the cleaning on their own. If they must ask for a professional cleaner, they make sure that they are getting the best carpet cleaner or best rug cleaner around. They prudently go over carpet cleaner reviews or sites that present reviews on carpet cleaner brands and service providers. Their collections are valuable investments so there’s no way they would let amateur cleaners to lay their hands on their carpets and rugs.
I know these may not sound unusual for some but for me, these details about carpet collecting don’t seem so sensible. Carpets and rugs are bulky items so transporting and storing them is quite a hassle. Moreover, how do these collectors savor the beauty of their collections? I can only wonder.