Rugs and carpets, members of the textile family, are among the most collectible of antiques. Age, condition, origin, and manufacturer are all important factors in assessing value. Hand woven and hand dyed items are the most sought after. Damaged rugs and carpets should be repaired and restored in order to increase their value. The materials used in weaving can also deteriorate over time, so it is best to consult with an authority as to the best methods for protection. Rugs and carpets produced by culturally significant groups, or those known as artists in this field, have the greatest value of all.