A beautiful, hand knotted rug is a timeless and luxurious symbol of the connection between function and art, between a space and the people who inhabit it. Part of what adds to the timeless aspect of these rugs is their durability; with proper care, a hand knotted rug can be a color-compelling base for design ideas for years, and generations, to come.
Rug makers have long counted on the stain-resistant qualities of wool to craft rugs that are naturally durable, as the oils in the wool fibers keep dirt and debris from becoming easily attached to the rug. Even so, the following three steps are crucial to maintaining a long-lasting vibrant look.
Placing top-quality padding under your hand knotted area rug cushions the rug and prevents it from rubbing against the solid surface it covers. In addition, it provides another layer of protection from dirt below. Padding also provides comfort underfoot and prevents sliding on smooth floors.
Vacuuming and Sweeping:
Sand, grit and dust can work down to the base of the pile where abrasive action damages the wool fibers. Vacuuming daily is a great way to keep particles from settling into the pile, especially in high traffic areas. Sweeping the rug with a broom at least once a week removes loose soil and brings out its natural sheen.
Note: A vacuum’s beater brush removes a small amount of pile with each use and can quickly destroy fringe, so always be cautious when vacuuming around the edges of the rug.
To ensure that your rug wears evenly, rotate its position on the floor. Rotate your rug 180 degrees every six months to two years, depending on the location and foot traffic your rug is exposed to.
If your rug is new, expect some shedding at first. This is a natural process and the shedding will subside after a few months of regular use and care.
This routine maintenance will help the rug to maintain all its vibrancy and color, creating an enduring legacy of enjoyment and style.