Persian Rug Basics
With their rich colors and unique patterns, Persian or Oriental rugs are renowned the world over for their great beauty. These rugs originate from countries such as Iran, India and China, where the fabrics used to make them—wool, silk and cotton—are most plentiful. Traditional handmade Persian rugs are hand knotted, a process in which a weaver inserts knots into the rug and ties each of them by hand. A rug with more knots per square inch is denser and of higher quality (not to mention the most expensive as well). Making hand-knotted Persian rugs is a taxing, time-consuming process that requires both skill and concentration, and for this reason they are among the most sought-after rugs on the market.
Due to their intricate craftsmanship, Persian rugs tend to last longer than other rug types. But at the same time, great care must be taken to protect them as the valuable pieces of art that they are. Therefore, this article will provide Persian rug owners with invaluable rug cleaning and rug repair tips that will keep the rug in good shape—along with periodic visits to Bagdad Oriental Rugs, of course!
Persian Rug Cleaning
Generally speaking, we recommend getting your rugs professionally cleaned about once or twice a year, or on an as-needed basis. With that said, there are a few Persian rug cleaning tips you can do at home.
First, vacuum your Persian rug on a weekly basis. This will keep dust, dirt and other particulates from making the rug’s surface rough or grimy to the touch. The one exception to the once-a-week rule are silk Persian rugs, which should be vacuumed on a less frequent basis to avoid ruining the delicate hand knotting. Also, be sure to clean both sides of the rug—so often people neglect the bottom-facing side of the rug, which can lead to a side that is significantly filthier.
Second, wash your Persian rug, but do so carefully. Persian rug colors can run if they aren’t colorfast or if the fabric is especially delicate. If you have a rug that tends to bleed, your best bet is to have it professionally dry cleaned. Otherwise, for the purposes of everyday Persian rug cleaning, you can use a light amount of soap and water—but without drenching the rug—and abstain from using chemical cleaners.
Third and finally, be sure not to put undue stress on your Persian rug. If the piece is particularly delicate, we suggest placing it in a room with low foot traffic and away from direct sunlight. These measures will reduce the amount of age-related wear and tear, although inevitably it will become necessary to take the rug in for repairs.
Persian Rug Repair
So you noticed a rip, hole or tear in your precious Persian rug and want to know what your next step should be. Below you will find our advice for repairing your Persian rug.
Bring your Perisan rug to Bagdad Oriental Rugs. It is vital that you take your rug to a repair shop the moment you notice any kind of damage to it. Why? The answer is simple: the longer you wait, the greater the chance the damage will become worse due to insects, pets or children. In short, a timely repair is a cheaper, not to mention less stressful, repair.
So you were probably expecting other tips, huh? In reality, this is the only real option you have when it comes to any significant Persian rug damage. Because they are complex, handmade affairs, repairing one isn’t exactly a DIY affair. So leave it to the experts at Bagdad and let us having your Persian rug looking like new again!