Turkey is recognized throughout the world for their magnificent hand-woven rugs. The problem is that carpets are like fine art: unless you really know what you are looking for, it is easy to be fooled or scammed into buying something that is not of real quality and turns out to be a bad investment.
Here is a Turkish carpet buying guide according to Captivating Capadócia.
1. PRICE: The first rule is to never tell the seller what your budget is. Telling them will guarantee that you end up with a carpet for that price whether the carpet is worth that much or not.
2. SIZE: What size carpet do you want? The better you know the size, the better service you will get because the seller knows that you are serious.
3. MATERIAL: Turkish carpets are made of wool, cotton, silk, or a combination. Silk is the most expensive with the wool-cotton combination generally being the least expensive. Another price delineator regarding the material is the quality of the materials used. Handspun wool and silk are much more valuable than machine-spun fibers. You can feel the difference. The price difference can be 2-4 times more for the better material (all other things being equal).
4. TYPE: There are basically four types of Turkish rugs or carpets. The Turkish words are Halı (rug with pile), Kilim, Cicim (pronounced jee-jeem), and Sumak. The halı is probably what you are thinking of when you read Turkish rug/carpet. This fits everything from prayer rugs to big living room rugs with intricate motifs. They are thicker (pile) due to the double knot method of production. The kilim (basic flat weave).
5. COLOR: As with size knowing the colors you want in your carpet will help your seller to better serve you.
6. STYLE/MOTIF: What do you see when you look at a Turkish carpet? The obvious answer is colors and shapes. Every shape and color has a meaning, a purpose tells a story.
7. AGE: Another important characteristic is age. Of course, the older the carpet, the more valuable it is.
8. HANDMADE?: This is probably the biggest price differentiator but there is a caveat you should be aware of.
9. REGION: One of the ironies of Turkish carpets is that many of them do not come from Turkey.