Cleaning and restoration of a hand made rug is to preserve a piece of decorative art, to preserve an ancient tradition and craftsmanship; and in some cases to protect a work of ancient art and to hand down an object of antiquity to future generations as a cherished shared memory.
Cleaning of a hand made carpet might happen for aesthetic reasons, for hygiene or for social occasions, for health or any other reasons, but if we consider cleaning as the prime factor in conservation and preservation of Persian or Oriental rugs, at the time of choosing the company or the specialist for “washing”; we should be careful to choose the “expert one” in this important and sensitive field.
An oriental rug is woven of natural fibers such as cotton, wool and/or silk, dyed with natural dyes, and hand-knotted in a span of time that could reach more than six months to complete just one area of one square meter. At the time of washing to respect the physical and chemical integrity of materials, natural fibers and dyes is essential.
A Persian or Oriental rug is what can be found between its two surfaces of the face and the back, and the only way to really clean the carpet is through washing by immersion.
Cleaning and washing Persian or Oriental rugs cannot be one “process” for all types of carpets. Each Persian or Oriental rug is a world apart; some are pure wool including the structure of warp and weft, others are wool and cotton and some are composed of fine trilogy of wool, silk, and cotton or pure silk. Depending on the degree of dirt, traffic, habits of people who use it, presence of pets and children and other factors the process varies.
What is needed then is not a process to make sure that the carpet is clean, but to undertake the necessary actions to obtain a “clean and healthy carpet” as a result. what follows is a summary of the process of a real cleaning of a Persian or Oriental carpet:
Visual inspection, Measuring, Dusting, Checking the Dyes, Fringe, Detergent, Soaking, Brushing, Disinfection bath (when necessary), Compression, Rinse , Detergent residues, Fringe, total elimination of the water, Drying, Waste dusting, Vacuuming
Cleaning services are provided by experienced in house staff. Please call 99822866.
A carpet is the worst treated decorative object in your home or office, simply because it’s under your feet and sometimes heavy furniture is placed on it, and is subject to all kinds of accidents, such as spilling of dry and liquid materials, steps and footprints, exposed to ultraviolet sunlight, moisture, negligence, pets or inappropriate cleaning.
What follows is a brief list of what can be restored in a Persian or oriental carpet:
1. Renovation of fringes of cotton, wool or silk
2. Renovation of/or border color change
3. Correction of color run caused by colored liquids such as water, urine, incorrect wash etc.
4. Dying color rubbing action for discoloration occurred by wash, sun, etc…
5. Resettlement of knots worn by traffic, use, rubbing etc.
6. Reintegration of missing parts such as terminal parts
7. Re knotting large holes and cuts
9. Elimination of tying moth and destroyed parts
10. Damages by fire
11. Elimination of bad odors and bacteria…
It is good practice to periodically inspect the carpet for small individual damages that may occur in the daily use of carpet to prevent damage from becoming a major damage and require a restoration more expensive than a repair.
Some common problems are:
Missing fringes, the damage of the edges or small cracks.
These hand knotted carpets are unique artistic expressions of the Persian or Oriental millenarian culture regardless of their present commercial value. You are warmly invited to value them and assure that they will be enjoyed by the future generations.
Restoration services are provided by experienced in house staff. Please call 99822866.