A guide brought to you by RL Rose
The day you brought your new oriental rug into your home, it was at its best, it was clean, well kept and it spoke a thousand words about you as its owner. Guests at your home were given the impression that you were appreciative of style, culture and proud of your home.
What about today? What is your rug saying about you now? Unfortunately these beautiful rugs aren’t indestructible even when they take only light traffic.
Here are a few things to look out for that tell you it’s time for some oriental rug TLC:
1) Marks or dirty patches
Over time your rug will accumulate dust, dirt and as this is gradual in nature over time you may not even notice until you take a good look. Why not consider taking a picture of your carpet with a digital camera (or smartphone) when it first arrives at your home (or even when it comes back from a clean) so you can make comparisons in the future. You’ll be surprised.
Even the highest quality materials are subject to fraying and your rug is no exception. If there’s evidence of fraying, it’s time to take action sooner rather than later. The old English adage “a stitch in time saves nine” is rather apt here. Incidentally, the first known written instance of this phrase precedes Britain’s first Oriental rug exhibitions by over 100 years.
This may seem obvious, but the smallest holes are sometimes unnoticeable, until they become larger holes and are more troublesome to repair. You don’t need to be on your hands and knees with a magnifying glass but it’s worth finding holes as early as possible.
4) Colour Run
Colours are what makes your rug beautiful to the eye and this is something that should be protected as the patterns and design rely on colours being contained correctly. Colour-run is something that requires professional attention and DIY solutions have been known to exacerbate the problem or introduce new issues.
The list goes on but you should be asking yourself, “is my rug as beautiful as the day I bought it?” If not, it’s time for a check up!
RL Rose is a professional oriental and Persian rug specialist servicing rug owners across London and the home counties. The company routinely deals with cleaning and repairs and offer an uplift and delivery service seven days a week. As a member of the Guild of Master Craftsmen, RL Rose excel in providing a professional and expert service