Quality of Oriental rugs

A rug of the same quality ten by twelve feet will require more than ten years to make; while a coarse modern Turkish rug, with forty knots to the square inch, will take less than two years. It is only because this handicraft is so poorly paid—from ten to fifteen cents a day is an average day's wages—that a rug which represents four years' work can be bought for eighty dollars.

Materials Various materials are used in the making of Oriental rugs: wool of sheep and goats, silk, camel's hair, cotton, linen, and hemp.

The Orient is renowned for its fine wool, the very best of which comes from Kirman, Cashmere, Kurdistan, and Angora.