A hand-knotted rug is a beautiful addition to nearly any room in your house. Made of wool, they are woven by hand, by weavers who can tie approximately 10,000 knots per day. Hand-knotted rugs are very durable with regular cleaning and attention. With proper care, one of these rugs will last many years, even becoming a family heirloom.
Wherever you place the rug in your home, it should be on an even surface to prevent one area of the rug from wearing more quickly than the rest. There are also several other ways to cut down on natural wear and tear and prolong your rug’s life. Be sure that you have top quality padding under your rug, to keep it from sliding on a bare floor and to provide protection from dirt. Also, depending on its location, your rug should be rotated every six months to ensure even wear.
Water damage can be a very serious problem for any rug, and you should absolutely try to keep your hand-knotted rug away from any source of dampness or water. One of the most common mistakes is putting potted plants on a rug. You should avoid this situation entirely. Even if you take precautions, there is a good chance the pot is going to leak at some point. The area under the pot will stay damp, and that part will become discolored and weakened. It’s better to avoid this altogether.
Moths can also cause problems for hand-knotted rugs, but the good news is that they rarely cause problems for rugs that are in use. Moths like to lay their larvae in dark, undisturbed areas where a rug may not see much traffic or get vacuumed, such as under furniture. Regular rotating and exposure to light and air should keep moths at bay.
If your rug is damaged, make sure any repairs you have made are done by a competent and experienced professional.
A hand-knotted rug’s beauty is very dependent on how clean it is kept. Keeping your rug clean is the best way to prolong its life. Regularly sweep and vacuum the rug to pull away dirt and keep it from settling into the fibers. When vacuuming, be sure that you are not going against the rug’s pile or vacuuming the fringes. To check the direction of the pile, run your hand along the rug. One direction will feel smooth, while the other will feel stiffer. Vacuum in the smooth direction rather than pushing against the pile.
Do not use steam cleaning or chemical cleaners on your hand-knotted rug, as this will remove natural oils from the wool, causing it to wear out faster. Day to day, surface cleaning is all that is necessary for your hand-knotted rug. However, for serious cleaning, you should use a professional cleaning service that specializes in hand-made rugs.