How to Sell Your Used Rug in 2022

Apr 10, 2022 | Area Rugs

How To Sell Your Used Rug in 2022

Looking to sell your used or inherited rug? Whether your home decor has changed or you have moved and the heirloom rug won’t fit in your new space, finding a new home for your rug may be difficult. Use these 4 suggestions to help guide you when selling your rug.

1) Understand The Rug Value

Do your research to gather information on your rug’s value. Your rug’s value will come from its current condition, how it was made, the fiber makeup, country of origin, and possibly other additional historical facts of the rug. Most rugs are priced by the square foot based on the factors above. The rug market today is low since rugs have depreciated. As an example if you purchased your rug new at $100 per sq. ft. then it is likely now worth $20-$50 per sq. ft. depending on the factors above. For questions regarding your rug’s value you can contact our rug experts at Atiyeh Bros.

2) Get Quality Photos of Your Rug

A picture says a thousand words. People want to see the full rug, the back of the rug and possibly a picture of it in a home or staged setting. If your rug has damage make sure to photograph the damage as well. Transparency is key when selling your rug.

3) Sell It On The Right Platform

If you are looking to sell your rug for a certain amount and are willing to hang on to it for a few months we recommend posting it online. If you are in a hurry to sell we would recommend taking it to a local auction house. In Portland, Oregon we would recommend the O’Gallerie Auction House. If you need the rug out of your way and are not in a rush to receive a payment on the rug then take it to a local consignment shop.

4) Post Your Rug Online

Online forums such as eBay, Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, or Offer Up are great platforms to try to sell your rug. Posting your rug to a variety of online platforms will allow you to reach a wider audience. Provide excellent photos along with a thorough and honest description of the rug. Use specific keywords in your post i.e: “Persian Rug”, “Heirloom Rug” or “Hand Knotted in 1920”.

Bonus Tip: Don’t Get Your Rug Professionally Cleaned

We do not recommend putting money into a rug that you wish to sell. A thorough vacuuming should be enough.  If the rug is small, vacuuming from the back then the top helps to remove dirt embedded deep in the pile. It is highly likely that the individual purchasing your rug will have it cleaned even if you already cleaned it. Save yourself the money and hassle.

Let these tips help you find your rug a new owner!