Owning a traditional African rug goes beyond interior decoration. African rugs are art objects that celebrate tradition and culture. By having your African rug appraised by a specialist, its many meanings can be revealed. An appraisal is about far more than simply knowing the value of your African rug - it's grasping its full history.

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The art of African carpets, past and present

The history of African weaving dates back to ancient times. Over the centuries, designs have diversified, reflecting the tastes and aspirations of different societies. Each color carries the weight of rich traditions and diverse cultural influences, as do the designs of tribal rugs, which are imbued with the cultural heritage of the communities that created them. The bright colors and intricate patterns, however, are characteristic aesthetics of African weavers as a whole.

The materials used in these rugs are equally varied. Often obtained from the local environment, they bring quality and durability to these objets d’art. Wool, cotton, jute and sisal are the most common rug-making materials.

Each region of Africa has developed its own rug art. Berber rugs are famous for their geometric patterns, while Kuba rugs from Central Africa are renowned for their intricate embroidery. Bogolan rugs from Mali use a mud-based dyeing technique to create unique designs.

Contemporary African artists draw inspiration from these ancient traditions, initiating a new style of vintage African carpets. By using similar materials, patterns and colors, they pay homage to the ancient craft.

An expert in African rugs at your service

Are you planning to sell or insure your African rugs? Then it’s essential to have them appraised by an expert.

Only a specialist in African art can appraise your ethnic rugs. They can meticulously analyze the artistic details, motifs and materials used. They can examine weaving techniques and color nuances, and assess the quality of natural fibers. Their knowledge of African rug art also enables them to determine the carpet’s cultural origin and contextualize its creation.

All this information will guide the expert in the evaluation of your art object. The appraisal of your African rug will not only reveal its value. It will also provide valuable information about its history, creation and importance to the culture of the community from which it originated. Your expert will then enquire into demand on the African art market, to find the current value of your African rug.


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