Not everyone knows that it sometimes takes years to complete a rug.
Gijs Hamming first encountered Oriental rugs through the family of an Armenian classmate. This family had made exclusive rugs for over a hundred years. Using these rugs as start-up capital, Gijs and his classmate hit the market. By seeing, feeling and smelling the rugs, Hamming learned more about his merchandise, which set off a real passion for Oriental rugs. After his friend died, Gijs continued the company, running two of his own stores. He now has twenty years of experience behind him, filled with travel to bazaars in the Far East, negotiating and selling.
It is clear that Gijs has built up a wealth of knowledge, which ensures he knows what types of rugs he is being offered as an auctioneer. The origin of a rug and its value can usually be determined by the patterns, colours and knotting techniques. When in doubt, Gijs consults one of his many reference books. He ensures that the finest rugs appear on Catawiki: such as the more affordable rugs from the 50s to the 80s, and the expensive rugs from the beginning of the 20th century.
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