Perennially popular, the rugs of the orient are also an area of complexity where the inexperienced would-be buyer is concerned. How can one be sure that one is buying a good example, that is well-made and in good condition? What should the buyer look for, what are the tell-tale signs of inauthenticity? What are the marks of genuineness and quality. This introduction explains the vocabulary of carpets, the techniques for identification, how rugs are made, materials/dyes, the great families of rug styles; has a gazetteer of countries, tribes and regions, buying rugs, the truth about auctions and bankruptcy sales, and care and maintainance.