Become a Certified Rug Appraiser!
A. An overview of material covered on the exam.
B. Test Content Information with Sample Test Question
C. Recommended Reading List
The Certified Appraiser Examination will include both a written and a practical (visual identification) exam.
Time Lines: Southwest Asia Time Line 1500 to Now
The Rug Fiber Identification Chart has been provided by Phil Auserehl of Castle Cleaning and Oriental Rug Company & Castle Oriental Rug Cleaning School
The fiber identification chart is not only helpful to those of us who clean rugs, but is also a very specific guide on how to identify those mysterious fibers that you may not be sure of. This chart is also serves as a wonderful guide for those of your customers who are interested. Please email email@example.com if you would like a pdf sent to you.
The written exam will cover a basic knowledge of the following:
I. COUNTRY – Country of origin made and whether a nomadic, village or workshop production
2. DESIGN TYPES - Example: Pakistani Bokhara or Turkoman Bokhara
3. CONSTRUCTION and WEAVE - How different types of rugs are made: Knot Types, Density; Warp Materials and Colors; Weft Material; Colors and Numbers of pile materials, depths, unusual Characteristics; Construction of Ends (kelim, knotted, fringe, etc.) Description of sides (selvage, overcast material and color)
4. COLORS and DYES - Types: natural, aniline, synthetic, chrome
6. APPROXIMATE AGE
7. VALUATION - Factors for determining (not actual prices) value.
8. CLEANING - Procedures and Materials
9. TERMINOLOGY - Know the meaning of such words as: “abrash”, “dry rot”, “painted”,“Aubusson”, “guI”, etc.
** Check the glossaries in the back of the books from the RECOMMENDED READING LIST for more terminology. **
TEST CONTENT INFORMATION – SAMPLE QUESTION
Approximately 25% of the test will be “FILL IN THE BLANK” type questions, such as:
What does the word “MORDANT” mean? __________________________________
Approximately 25% of the test will be “TRUE FALSE” type questions, such as:
T or F Warp threads run horizontally through the rug.
**Approximately 50% of the exam will involve the “PRACTICAL” - hands on evaluation of about 40
rugs by: Type, Country, Approximate Age, and Class (workshop, village, and nomadic) ex. Bokhara Pakistan - Age (within a decade in 20th century rugs and 25 years
for pre-20th century
**Actual rugs will be provided for physical inspection
We are planning to have a “Primer Session” during the convention directly before the test. We will notify you when the time and date are definite.
RECOMMENDED READING LIST
BOOKS FOR STUDY - The following are a few good books to help you prepare for the CRA exam.
1. The Mystique of Oriental Rugs - ORRA
2. The Oriental Rug Lexicon by Peter Stone
3. The Persian Carpet by A. Cecil Edwards
4. The Oriental Carpet by P. R. Ford
5. Oriental Rug Repair by Peter Stone
6. Oriental Rug Primer by A. K. Jerrehian
7. Caucasian Rugs by Ulrich Schurmann
8. Turkomen Tribal Rugs by Werner Loges
9. Turkomen Studies I by K. Pinner & M. Frances
10. A New Comprehensive Guide by Murray Eiland
11. Oriental Rugs, Volume 1- Caucasian by Ian Bennett
12. Dictionary of Oriental Rugs by Ivan C. Neff
& Carol V. Maggs
13. Caucasian Carpets and Coven by John Wertime
and Richard E. Wright
ORRA’s CRA exam is traditionally given every year during the July International Rug Market at AmericasMart in Atlanta, Georgia. Please feel free to contact ORRA Headquarters for more details.