It may seem surprising that old rugs can be vastly more expensive than new ones; after all they are bound
to show signs of wear - with the pile worn down to the knots in some cases. As with antique furniture, so
with rugs. A modern version of either will still be hand made, assuming we are talking about items of great quality. It pretty much boils down to what is perceived to be a a copy of earlier designs. Add to that an acquired patina from usage, and maybe the greater subtlety of colours.