Fine Oriental rugs—benefit enormously from proper custodial care. Investors understand the importance of protecting their investments, both for themselves and for posterity.
The best 19th century carpets are disappearing into private ownership and becoming increasingly more difficult to find. Today’s buyers will likely be the last generation with access to Golden Age rugs in floor condition. Proper preservation is more important than ever.
A few simple practices will go a long way toward preserving your rugs for a lifetime of enjoyment.
Proper padding. We strongly recommend using high-quality pads under antique carpets. These will significantly extend the life of your rugs, preventing sliding, wrinkling and stretching, and guarding against punctures from furniture legs. Padded rugs also feel better underfoot and provide better sound absorption..contact us for all the options in rug pads
Furniture cups. Always use furniture cups for heavy furniture pieces like pianos placed on carpets to prevent crushing the carpet’s pile. When moving heavy furniture, lift or use sliders to prevent tearing.
UV protection. Given daily exposure to direct sunlight in areas where draperies are not desirable, we recommend screening your windows with a product that minimizes the damaging effects of ultraviolet rays. Using either Low-E glass or a spectrally selective applied window film effectively inhibits sun-fading of the rug’s naturally dyed colors.
Spills. Fine antique Persian carpets were woven using lanolin-rich wool, which is amazingly stain resistant. Blot up spills with a moist cloth, and then wipe the pile with a rinsed damp sponge. If the area remains moist, elevate it for quicker air drying. Avoid using home remedies for stain removal, as they can cause irreversible discoloration or dye-run.
Cleaning. A manual carpet sweeper is best. Avoid using electric vacuum cleaners (once in 3 months is fine); the rotary action is unnecessarily strong on any rugs. To protect the natural qualities of hand-spun wool, have your rugs hand-washed by a professional Oriental carpet cleaner like Rugport, in most cases every three to four years.
Long-term storage. After being professionally washed, rugs should be stored in a clean, dry environment. The ideal humidity is less than 60 percent. Cleaning rugs before storing makes them far less attractive to moths. Always wrap your carpets in paper, as plastic can lead to moisture condensation and mildew. Use cedar chips or a cedar-lined trunk for short-term storage. For storage over a period of months, have rugs professionally packed, contact us
Restoration. Annually inspecting the front and back of carpets will reveal any restoration needs while they are still minor. Necessary work should always be done by a specialist.
Decide the correct size of the Rug you will require for the room.
For the most part there is no damage in having the front legs of a seat or couch on the rug and the back legs off. (Furniture can definitely be fully on the rug too, and squared up)
You in all likelihood will need to take into consideration a bit of hardwood floor or of covering (or tile or whatever your floor is made of) to appear on all sides of the rug. Along these lines, for example, if the space in which you might want a rug is 12 feet by 16 feet, you may choose a rug that is 9 by 12 feet, therefore considering one and a half or two feet of floor around the rug.
In any case, don’t be too rigid about the size you require. Many people make the process of finding a rug almost impossible by hitting on an exact size and insisting on it. If you can, come up with a range of sizes that are possible. You will vastly increase the number of rugs from which to choose. Consider, for instance, that ordinarily there is no harm in having the front legs of a chair on a carpet and the rear legs off. Being flexible about size may mean the difference between winding up with a carpet that “works,” and one that you really love.
The classic Oriental rug sizes are:
Persian rugs do not follow the above standard, but sizes are pretty much close.
If you have an expensive Persian, Oriental, Silk or Antique rug, how do you ensure you’ve found a company who is a specialist rug cleaner?
1) They will always offer to clean your rug at their rug cleaning facility, not in your home.
2) They will follow an intensive deep cleaning process. Starting with a thorough survey, color bleed testing, a dusting process, full immersion rug wash, rinsing, extracting, specialist stain/odor removal, hand finishing fringes, full drying facilities (using air movers and dehumidifiers), application of optional micro sealant protectors and/or moth repellent treatments.
3) They will be happy to give you a quotation
4) They will not expect to be paid until your rug has been returned, professionally cleaned, deodorized and dried.
5) They will be happy to unroll the rug and position it in a room of your choice, so you can see the final result.
If you have any specialist rug cleaning questions or requirements, please feel free to call us today (847) 202-0600 or visit/contact us at https://www.rugport.com/contact , email: email@example.com
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By Jacky Runice
Special to the Daily Herald.
Whenever there's a "magic carpet" in a fable, fairy tale or film, you can bet it's not supposed to be made from nylon, polyester or acrylic. You don't think Aladdin took Princess Jasmine on a ride made of avocado green shag, do you?
Most people have a intuitive sense that a carpet constructed from natural materials like wool, cotton and silk would look and feel fabulous, which is why Oriental carpets, with their appealingly intricate designs and stunning colors, have been coveted choices in decor for millennia.
Prosperous people have collected and displayed Oriental and Persian rugs for centuries. Henry VIII, for example, collected Turkish rugs at a pace even greater than wives.
When Palatine's Rugport began selling handmade Oriental rugs and tapestries in 1979, collecting in the Midwest was just beginning to be popular, although decorators, hip to allure of a handmade rug for eons, waltzed in the shop regularly. Then the Great Recession of 2008, sparked by a rupture in real estate, resulted in many handmade carpet stores shuttering and big box furniture stores picking up the slack. Rugport, with its access to many of the best handmade rug makers on the planet, stayed safe in the niche and today stocks around 5,000 carpets at any given time.
Questions haven't differed much since 1979, according to Rugport's general manager, Amir Sultan. "People want to know if some carpets are better than others based upon country of origin, like Morocco, Asia, Turkey," he said. "We have rugs from all over the world but specialize in Persian rugs because they are handmade by people who have it in their DNA, a tradition passed down through history."
Decorators rely on Rugport because they can come to one place and in one hour serve 10 clients.
"We have 5,000 rugs and even the best furniture store probably has less than 500 rugs," Sultan said. "We have leverage and more purchasing power and sell them by the thousands by retail and wholesale. So we have the best selection in terms of color, design, quality and prices and offer fresher merchandise than any other place. We sell 300 a month while a furniture store maybe sells 10, so our customers have access to the newest rugs."
Rugport offers the same variety and price to individuals so satisfaction is guaranteed whether you're out to buy a masterpiece or the perfect contemporary or traditional rug that fits the color and decor in your home.
Sultan said customers should know that quality is a given.
"Handmade rugs ensure quality," he said. "When you go to a Michelin-star restaurant, you know the quality of the food is already there and the only variables may be pace and ambience. It's the same with handmade carpets; the quality is ensured and so color, design and size are your choice."
Among the three, Sultan said size has become more significant. "People have become size conscious these days and they want a rug that fits the room perfectly. If you have square room, for example, we can alter the rug to the shape you may need."
A room-sized handmade rug can cost several thousand dollars and as much as $50,000, $60,000 or even $100,000. Even if you're buying one mainly for decor, it's an investment by default as labor and material costs increase.
"Twenty years ago, a handmade Persian rug that cost $1,000 -- today that same rug is $7,000, and that's wholesale, not retail," Sultan said. "People hand them down through generations because they are so durable and beautiful."
Rugport also restores, cleans and repairs handmade rugs so they can last a lifetime.
Handmade Oriental carpets are, indeed, functional art. The difference from other rugs is akin to purchasing an original painting or a print of that painting. Rugport has been a trusted source of artful carpets for more than 35 years, witnessing repeat customers over generations.
For more information, call (847) 202-0600.
Originally posted in the DAILY HERALD
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