Hand knotted area rugs are made by skilled weavers who hand tie every knot. Since hand knotted rugs take the longest to make, the cost is typically greater than hand tufted or machine made rugs. To all those who have invested in a hand knotted rug, know that this investment can last you a lifetime. With your purchase, keep in mind that this Oriental rug could be passed down from generation to generation, so it’s only right that we give you some excellent tips on how to maintain and care for your hand knotted rug.
Vacuum and Sweep:
Removing dirt from your area rugs is important in preventing damage and premature wear. Foot traffic soil, dirt and fine dust can easily get tracked into your home, onto your rugs and consequently gets trapped in the bottom of the pile of your rug. In turn, the fine dust acts as an abrasive file to the wool of your rug which causes wear and damage. That damage may necessitate repairs to your rug in the future. Vacuuming your rug daily, would be ideal, but those of us with normal lives don’t have the time to do this every day. So, minimizing the vacuuming to two – three times a week is sufficient from keeping dust particles from settling in your Oriental rug. Sweeping lightly can help, and takes less time on the days you aren’t able to vacuum.
To keep your rugs in the best condition, it is recommended that you schedule a professional rug cleaning every 3-5 years. We use the very latest, up to date Oriental rug cleaning products and equipment that are approved by the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI). Our specialized cleaning process has several comprehensive stages so you can be assured that our process is done thoroughly and with the utmost care for your rug.
Good quality padding can help protect your rugs from wear and will help extend the life of your rug. This is especially beneficial in high traffic areas. Rug pads are necessary to prevent slipping, moving and wrinkling of your rug. We offer a variety of pads that are for placement of your rug on hard wood floors, tile, linoleum, concrete and wall to wall carpet. Oh, and don’t worry, we can custom cut each rug pad to fit your rug dimensions perfectly.
Something as simple as rotating the placement and position of your rug every year, can be beneficial to the durability of your rug as well. Depending on the location of your area rug, rotating it can even out the foot traffic to the entire rug and not just certain spots.
A hand knotted rug is a piece of art. Although these rugs are known for their durability, be sure to treat yours with care.by Mark Gonsenhauser