Persian & Oriental Rug Care

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How to Care for Your Traditional Rug?

Handknitted Persian rugs are not only beautiful but also valuable pieces of art. Proper maintenance and care are essential to preserve their beauty and extend their lifespan.

Here are some tips to help you maintain and care for your handknitted Persian rug:

  1. Regular Cleaning:
    • Vacuum your rug regularly to remove loose dirt and dust. Use a vacuum cleaner with a brushless suction head or adjust the vacuum to a low setting to avoid damaging the delicate fibres.
    • Flip the rug and vacuum the backside occasionally to eliminate embedded dirt particles.
  1. Spot Cleaning:
    • Attend to spills immediately to prevent stains. Blot the affected area with a clean, white cloth or paper towel to absorb the liquid.
    • Avoid rubbing or scrubbing the stain, as it can spread or damage the fibres. Instead, use a mild detergent mixed with water to gently clean the spot. Test the solution on an inconspicuous area first to ensure colourfastness.
    • After spot cleaning, blot the area with a clean, damp cloth to remove any detergent residue. Allow the rug to air dry completely.
  1. Professional Cleaning:
    • Periodically, it’s recommended to have your handknitted Persian rug professionally cleaned. Professional rug cleaners have the expertise and equipment to deep clean the rug without causing damage.
    • Consult with a reputable rug cleaning service that specialises in cleaning and caring for delicate handmade rugs.
  1. Rotation:
    • Rotate your rug periodically to even out wear and sun exposure. This helps maintain the rug’s original appearance and prevents certain areas from fading or wearing out faster than others.
  1. Protection from Sunlight:
    • Avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight, as it can cause fading and discoloration of the rug. If possible, position your rug away from windows or use window treatments to filter the sunlight.
  1. Rug Padding:
    • Use a quality rug pad underneath your handknitted Persian rug. Rug padding provides cushioning, reduces slipping, and helps protect the rug from wear and tear
  1. Avoid Heavy Traffic:
    • Minimize heavy foot traffic on your handknitted Persian rug, especially in high-traffic areas. Placing the rug in areas with less foot traffic helps preserve its quality and extends its lifespan.
  1. Professional Restoration:
    • If your handknitted Persian rug gets damaged or starts to show signs of wear, consult a professional rug restorer. They can repair and restore the rug using traditional techniques, ensuring its beauty and integrity are preserved.

Remember, each handknitted Persian rug is unique and may require specific care based on its material, construction, and condition. When in doubt, consult a rug care professional for personalised guidance and recommendations tailored to your specific rug.

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