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.