Do people still pass their fancy Oriental and Persian rugs down the generations?
In the 1980s people started removing wall to wall carpet that had become the rage in the 1950s to 1970s and restoring hardwood floors. This made the house seem colder in winter. SO, area rugs became popular again.
We currently use about 6 “Oriental” rugs in our home that had belonged to my grandparents (all of these were purchased before WWI and had spent decades rolled up in my parents’ cedar closet).
Many of our friends have seen our antique family rugs and expressed regret that their family heirlooms had been disposed of while out of style, The only friends of ours who have such pieces were those whose parents/grandparents, etc. were renters, not homeowners. They tended to uses rugs, as installing wall to wall carpet merely improved the landlord’s premises and could not be taken with you when moving.