- Find a carpet cleaner that is familiar with oriental and Persian Rugs. Unlike regular rugs and carpets, handmade wool and silk rugs need attention that is specific to each individual rugs. For example, wool or silk, rug quality, vegetable dyes or processed dyes, new, antique, or vintage rugs and so on. The right carpet cleaning professional will know all this, upon inspection and will know what to do with this information.
- Find a carpet cleaner that has experience. Don’t let newbies (and there is a lot out there) practice on your precious Persian Rug. Find someone who has spent a lifetime caring for area rugs and can offer up some references. Ask friends and family who they use. Nothing beats a referral.
- Find a carpet cleaner that offer Professional Repairs. Not just repairs! The right repairs. The right carpet cleaner should have an inhouse repair team the can undertakes any restorations to your area rugs that’s required. A repair person with experience will take it upon themselves to repair or restore your oriental or Persian rugs by hand, using 17th century technics while maintaining the rugs integrity.
It’s time to get your valuable Persian Rugs Cleaned or repaired. You are both bit nervous and confused. Here are the top three things to look for in a carpet cleaner.
What is a vintage rug?
Usually a vintage rug refers to a handmade Oriental rug that has some age. Vintage rugs are usually from the 1970’s or 1980’s. Anything older than that would be classified as a semi antique rug or antique rug. A vintage rug could be from any origin including, Persia, Indian, Pakistan, China, Afghanistan, and other rug weaving regions.
Persian rugs are usually the higher end of vintage rugs scale. Better weaving tactics, hand spun wool and centuries old designs as well as traditional natural dye making, and handspun wool has made Persian rugs the top tier in the rug weaving industry. However, this isn’t hard and fast. Indian and Pakistan have produced some rugs that are on par with Persian rugs. Rugs that were woven between the world wars were manufactured by the British Indian Rug Company are sought after by collectors. These Indian rugs were woven using imported Manchester wool and were produced with the Victorian era in mind. We still some of these gems in-home all-over Ontario, even here in London. After all these years, these British Indian rugs still have a glorious luster. Also, the Ziegler rug company set up shop in India to produce nice quality Indo Persian rugs which were meant to compete with Persian Rugs. The intention was to capture a portion of the booming North America and European Market decorative market.
Top 10 Persian rugs.
Did you buy an old oriental rug at auction or a vintage rug off the internet. If so your next call should be to us. We specialize in washing and repairing antique, estate and vintage area rugs and carpets. Remember, some of these rugs may look good now but they will look amazing after we remove decades of dirt and grime from deep within the pile. We've cleaned rugs that haven't been washed or repaired for nearly 40 years.
Some of these rugs have labels stapled on the back with the names of carpet cleaners that have been out of business for decades. That amount of dirt that comes out of these rugs is incredible.
You and your family shouldn't walk or lay on a rug that isn't clean. Imagine bringing a rug into your home that has accumulated years and years of dirt, dead skin, grim, cat and dog stuff and so on. How yucky. Call us and we can even pick it up the dirty rug from the auction house, the seller or antique shop ( if its local and for a small added fee) and deliver it, clean and fresh to your home. You can count on our 30 years of experience. Feel better about your rug purchace and have it cleaned.
Almost like the old days. Actually, memories of the 1980's. We are getting more customers calling us about old rugs and carpets that they have purchased from estate sales, auctions or hand-me-downs from granny. It seems that there is a renewed interest in traditional rugs, especially among the millennial crowd. These picture are of a 9x12 Indo Persian rug a with Sarouk design that was purchased at an auction sale in London Ontario a few weeks ago. A quick cleaning, a few touch up repairs and underpad was all that was needed to restore this piece to its original glory. The buyer will enjoy this room size handmade oriental rug for years. We hope this trend will continue.
How unique! When we think of tribal rugs from Afghanistan or Pakistan we think bold geometric designs, bright natural colors and inconsistent dye variations that give the rug its charm and authenticity. Now change, bold geometric design to marine life. Doesn't sound like something that an oriental rug enthusiast would want to even imaging. But as you can see by the picture this rug is absolutely exquisite. The colors are amazing, as you would expect from an afghan tribal rug and the fish or marine life is laid out perfectly. Imaging if you had a spot for this rug.
Several times a week, in my travels across south-western Ontario, I see many handmade area rugs that has been repaired using a machine fringe. Sometimes I see it on an average commercial quality handmade rug and sometimes its finer piece and sadly I see it on a magnificent works of art. Usually if a customer know that difference between handmade fringes and glued on machine fringe they will definitely go with the handmade fringe. One problem in this business is that many carpet cleaner are not experienced in the Oriental rug industry and don't know any better. They have difficulty distinguishing between a good rug and a not so good rug. Therefore they think they are doing right but in reality they are butchering the rug. A qualified "Oriental Carpet Specialist" would direct the rug owner in the proper direction. Machine fringes on a handmade rug not only looks cheesy, the glue that is used to hold the fringe destroys the end of the rug. It would be almost impossible to remove the fringe without losing about an inch off the border. If you don't want to go with the more expensive handmade fringe on your rug, then have it bound. Binding is hand done and that in itself will protect the value of the rug. Also you can have the binding removed in the future without causing any permanent damage. let's be clear, Machine fringe is fine on a machine made rug. In other words keep your handmade rug all handmade and vice versa.
Antique rugs are true treasures. Not just in the monetary sense but also as family heirlooms. The emotional connection people have to their old rugs is incredible. I find that most people that have antique rugs have a heighten fear of giving them over to a carpet cleaner to haul away for cleaning or repairs or whatever they may need. Basically you have nothing to fear. If your carpet cleaner is focused on cleaning area rugs and only area rugs than he has probably cleaned hundred of antique rugs over the year. The guy that pulls up in a van with a powerful truck mount carpet cleaning machine that derives it power and steam form V8 engine is not the man for this job. Nor is the cleaning company that cleans rugs as well as leather goods and shoes. Find a carpet cleaner that is a professional Oriental Persian and area carpet cleaner.
This is a common questions. Oriental rugs should be washed on a regular basis. Because wear occurs gradually, it often goes unnoticed until its too late. The granular dirt fibers that hide in dirty rugs go to work causing the pile to wear more rapidly. Traffic on a rug doesn't cause wear. Traffic on a dirty rug does.
Oriental rug that are in low traffic area like the living or dining room should be cleaned every 2-3 years and rugs that are in high traffic areas such as hallways and foyers should be cleaned every year or so.
It's true, clean carpets last longer.
Oriental rugs are made to last a life time. Handmade rugs could easily last two or even three generation. To prolong the life of your rug it is important to have your rugs washed on a regular basis. Every 2-3 years depending on traffic. Rugs gradually get dirty without being noticed and the abrasive dirt particles cut the pile and this causes premature wear.
Before a rug is professionally washed it must be dusted. Dusting a rug, removes the harmful particles from deep within the pile. There is no point in washing a rug if it hasn't been dusted.
If you send your rug out for cleaning and and it comes back dusty, send it back.