When you submit your rugs for auction, this is your opportunity to get people interested in your rugs and encourage them to bid. Potential buyers are more likely to bid on lots with a good description, with all relevant information displayed clearly.
To help encourage potential buyers to bid on your lot, you should include a detailed description of your object(s). This should be thorough and honest, and follow the guidelines below.
If you’re using our website to upload your lots, tips will appear to give you guidance about what information we need to know about your lot. The fields you fill in help to present the information in a way that’s easy for the buyer to read.
Required information includes:
- Number of items in your lot
- Type of object (such as saddlebag or kelim)
- Length and width
- Main material of the item
- Country of origin
- Period in which it was made
- Whether the rug has been professionally cleaned
Including strong photographs is key to catching bidders’ attention, ensuring they bid on your lot.
Buying online means bidders don’t get a chance to see your lot in person. So detailed and high quality photographs are very important.
To allow our experts, as well as our bidders, to get an accurate impression of your item, we need a minimum of 6 high quality photos showing:
- A 360 degree view of the item
- Close-ups of important details, according to the guidelines below
- Take photos that show the complete object from all sides, as well as close-ups of the following details:
- The front-side of the corners
- The pattern (shown from the front, minimum 3 images)
- The border
- The fringes
- The back (fold back a corner of the rug and take a photo showing the back, border, fringes and part of the front)
- Add photos of any blemishes, stains and restorations to avoid post-sale cancellations.
- Don’t use stock photos or images downloaded from the internet.
- Use a plain and neutral background.
- Avoid self-portraits: don’t include any body parts in your photos.
- Only show the item(s) you’re selling: don’t include details of the room, like curtains. Don’t photograph items on furniture or appliances, for example on a sofa. Don’t take photos of the item outdoors with a garden or landscape in the background.
- Photograph in daylight or with professional lighting: flash or artificial light can give an inaccurate impression of the actual colour.
Examples of suitable photos:
Add a close-up image of the back with a ruler to show the knot density
Add a close-up image of any signatures/dates
Examples of unsuitable photos:
Now that you know exactly what you need in order to create a fantastic lot, it’s time to start selling your rugs. Start submitting your special objects for auction.
We look forward to receiving your lots soon - our experts can’t wait to see what you have to offer!