An area rug, by nature and design, is a delicate item. Machine or hand made, wool or silk, antique or brand new – it needs to be taken care of; regularly and with special attention, if you want to keep its value for years to come.
REGULAR CARE İS THE KEY
If oriental rugs have survived centuries in comparatively good condition, it is because of careful treatment. Oriental rugs will provide remarkably long service if treated with proper consideration. Their two enemies, apart from the inevitable destructive effect of wear, are moths and dampness. The former is best kept at bay by frequent rotation and by regular exposure lo light and air. If rugs must be stored, then inspection at intervals is essential. A carpet in use is rarely in danger from moths. Certain chemical applications will render the wool inedible to moths. Dampness will in time rot the threads and destroy the fabric but it can be avoided by obvious means.
If any mechanical damage is sustained such as a cut or a burn, the damage should be dealt with as soon as possible by a competent person before each lesion get worse very quickly. In ordinary use. quite apart from an accident. the ends and sides often tend to wear and fray in which case the parts should be overcast. Places in the middle of the carpet are locally worn or damaged can have new knots inserted and even large holes can be resorted so as to be almost as good as new, though such work is rather expensive. In carpets of lesser restored so as to be almost as good as new, though such work is rather expensive. In carpets of lesser value, instead of new knotting, patches cut from a suitable rug can often be inserted at less cost and sometimes a serviceable small rug can be made from a larger worn one by cutting away the bad parts.
If you are planning on storing your rug for a long period of time, use cloth to wrap it, be sure not to use an airtight plastic bag. Handmade rugs need to breathe and they will sometimes rot or mildew if not able to. Your rug could also be rolled up and kept cool dry place with some moth crystals, which should‘ be replaced every few months. ideally, large rugs should be rolled around a pole, let the protruding ends rest on blocks or trestles it is suitable to let carpets lie flat on top of one another for any length of time. D0 NOT store rugs in a hot and humid or poorly ventilated room. This will cause mildew, which has a musty odor, and also discolor the fabrics, and weakens the rugs. Never leave a rug wet. Failure to remove all the moisture might result in mildew. D0 NOT store a handmade rug in a hot closet, this could result in the base of your rug drying out and becoming brittle, and also destroying its strength and durability.
Frequently rotate the rug from sunny areas to the other side of the room to equalize the effect of the sun. Continuous exposure to bright hot sun rays and even indirect sunlight will cause damage to the dyed fabrics used in Oriental rugs.
On bright sunny days, use window shades, shutters or heavy curtains to reduce sun damage. Also, in terms of fading, sometimes gases and fumes (from furnaces cooking stoves, chimneys and auto exhausts) mix with oxygen and humidity in the atmosphere to form an acid. This acid reacts on the wool and causes deterioration and discoloration. Usually faded areas are hidden by soil and will not be apparent until the surface has been cleaned. In this case, contrast of color fading could be avoided by rotating rugs from time to time to make fading or soiling uniform and by changing their places do that all parts of the rug will have a chance for equal exposure.
PADDING IS IMPORTANT
Safety, longevity, protection, comfort, cleanliness. Good quality padding protects the rug especially in heavily trafficked areas. The best padding is a hair or fiber filled pad with rubberized surfaces to keep the rug from sliding or wrinkling. The life of an Oriental rug can be doubled with the use of a good quality padding. Putting an area rug on a floor without underlayment or padding can result in damage to the rug as well as danger to those who walk on it, because of slippage. Underlayments vary, and selecting the right one is important.
Moths can cause extensive damage to Oriental rugs. Not only do moths eat the pile but they also eat the knots on the back of a rug. Moths are especially attracted to areas such as those under furniture that remain relatively undisturbed. It is quite simple to eliminate these pests and safeguard against their return. Both front and back of a carpet should be sprayed about every six months with any one of number of available moth sprays. The most effective way to prevent an infestation and inhibit growth is to keep textile furnishings
The most effective way to prevent an infestation and inhibit growth is to keep textile furnishings clean. Spills should be removed immediately. Carpet, rugs, draperies, upholstery, etc., should be brushed or vacuumed regularly, as insects do not generally attack clean materials.
Regular dry cleaning of articles appropriate for dry cleaning will also decrease the chances of infestation because dry cleaning solvent is toxic to most textile pests. Regular carpet and rug cleaning will remove the nutritional contaminants that can attract and support insects.
To up-right the piles that are indented or crushed by tags of heavy furniture, brush the depressed area with a soft brush and faintly moisten the area by a spray and follow up by brushing.
Over time rugs get worn out and they can be destroyed. However there is a possibility that it can be fixed. We have an experienced weaver on staff to offer in-house constructive oriental rug repair services. Through our decades of experience and well—established relationships in the field we can also partner with a world-wide host of specialists for larger or more intricate repairs.
The beauty and life of oriental rugs are vitally dependent on their cleanliness. Lack of maintenance will contribute to loss in the potential of investment. Cleaning a rug in the appropriate manner is crucial to the rugs survival. Here at Hasan’s Rugs we offer cleaning services. Our professional rug cleaning department uses years of experience and knowledge to select the right treatment and care required to clean your rug, based on its fiber content (wool, silk, cotton, synthetic material, etc.) and the type of dirt /staining.