Oriental Rug Cleaning & All You Need to Know About Persian Rugs
Did you know that we clean a wide range of Oriental rugs?
The term ‘oriental rug’ is very broad; although a high percentage of the rugs that fit this category bare unique features that allow us to distinguish their origins, ultimately, the term describes a hand-knotted rug whose origins are unknown. So, as there are many types of ‘oriental rugs’ which are usually distinguished according to their region or country of origin, we are able to provide each one with a bespoke cleaning process.
The main types of rugs that you’ll find under this umbrella term are:
Persian Rugs – These are rugs that are made in Iran. They originate from a place known as Persia, hence the name that they stand by today. These are defined as the most beautiful hand-knotted rugs from their soft, blended colours producing elegant leaf, flower and bird prints. If you would like to learn more about Persian rugs, click here.
Chinese Rugs – These rugs, as you guessed it, are made in China. They are beautiful hand-crafted rugs that are usually made with wool and are often very dense. To be able to distinguish a Chinese Rug, look out for blues, pastels, floral patterns or religious symbols of the Western Pacific region. To read more about Chinese Rugs, click here.
Afghan Rugs – These rugs are always made with coarse wool that is usually deep red. Their designs are very distinctive; with dark blue and black patterns and a gul design that is very commonly placed on them, too- a motif of octagonal or angular shape usually repeated to form an overall pattern. To find out more about Afghan Rugs, click here.
Indian Rugs – Rugs that are made in India usually replicate designs of Persian, Chinese and Aubusson rugs. It is easy to distinguish an Indian Rug from the rest, however, because the quality of their weaves isn’t as high as the originals. Nonetheless, their designs still encompass delightful plants and animals. To find out more about Indian Rugs, click here.
Pakistani Rugs – Again, this is another country that has copied designs from other regions. The most popular Pakistani rug design called the Bokhara design was replicated from the old Turkoman Tribe- and it was the first-ever made in Pakistan! These rugs are woven on a cotton foundation with an asymmetric knot. To find out more about Pakistani Rugs, click here.
Tibetan and Napolese Rugs – These countries produce their rugs with a very distinctive pile due to the way that they wrap the yarn around a rod when making the rug. Thus, this technique leaving visible rows in the pile of the rug. In contemporary times, these rugs are often sculpted after they are removed from the weave. To find out more about Tibetan and Napolese Rugs, click here.
Turkish Rugs – Rugs that are made in Turkey are usually made with a wool pile and wool foundations. They use bright, bold colours, and they typically have rectangular, geometric patterns and floral patterns placed in rows in their designs. You can’t miss a Turkish Rug! To find out more about Turkish Rugs, click here.
Caucasian Rugs – These are very vibrant-looking rugs that come from the Caucasus Mountains between Europe and Asia. With reds, blues, yellows and other bright colours, these rugs are definitely eye-catching. These are entirely made out of wool, from the knotted pile to the warp and wefts, too. To find out more about Caucasian Rugs, click here.
Moroccan Rugs – These rugs have been woven for centuries in Morocco. They are very distinctive in that their pile is thick and shaggy on a cotton foundation. They tend to bear the added detail of fringing and have either simple or bold designs on them. The simple being a neutral colour palette of ivory and browns, creating a simple pattern, and the more daring designs incorporating brighter colours into the mix.
Turkoman Rugs – These rugs come from Turkestan, a region of central Asia; with reddish tones, and simple geometric prints being their leading indicators. These rugs are made of wool foundation and also, wool face yarns. These date right back to the Turkomen tribes, and were used for various purposes; including tent rugs, door hangings and bags. For more information on Turkoman Rugs, click here.
Prayer Rugs – These are, as stated in their name, primarily used for prayers of several religions. These are made in Islamic regions of Asia, and always withhold a pointed or arch-shaped pattern which represents the prayer niche of the mosque. Muslims face Mecca (their holy city) while they pray, so the rug’s design is pointed towards it. For more information on Prayer Rugs, click here.
Savonnerie Rugs – These rugs were first produced during the reign of Louis XIII while in a former soap factory- savon being the French term for soap. These are made from a wool yarn in a very similar fashion to an Oriental rug by using the Turkish Ghiordes knot and a heavy linen warp.
Persian rugs are known to be the most beautiful hand-knotted rugs to ever be made. Their classic, elegant designs usually feature flowers, birds and leaves in a variety of gorgeous, soft and blended colours. Some, although rare, also bare an animal combat scene as their primary design.
Some of the most exquisite looking and feeling rugs come from Iran- this is due to a lot of religions using them for their prayers. These religions being found in Tabriz, Nain, Isfahan, Herez and Bidjar, to name a few regions. All of these regions of Iran produce these exceptional quality hand-knotted rugs, and each design that is featured on them is an indicator of what region the rug was made in.
Persian Rugs are usually made by using the finest of wool and silk; however, sometimes, you may even come across a Persian Rug that is made out of 100% silk. Silk is such a luxurious fabric, and as you may already know, it’s a fibre that comes with special care instructions. If your Persian Rug is made with a silk pile on silk foundations, it may even be signed by the weaver who created the rug.
On a serious note, a Persian Rug can also come with it’s defects if it hasn’t been taken care of properly or is unfortunately, a victim of unavoidable damages. It is common for a Persian Rug to experience issues such as Abrash, White Knots, Bleeding, Wear, Fringe Damage, Pile Reversal and Insect Damage, and so we have to take special precautions so that your rug is restored. This is where our Restoration Service comes into play; on arrival to Arcadia Rug Spa, your Persian Rug will be inspected for all of the previous damages, and if it’s condition is viable for our services, you won’t need to lose hope on getting it looking fresh again!
As previously mentioned, rugs that are made out of silk and similar high-quality materials, such as the Persian Rug have specific care requirements. Not only do we recommend that you rotate them regularly, block the sunlight from shining onto them and rotate them (how often is dependent on how often you use the rug), but we also recommend that you ensure that your Persian Rug is cleaned professionally.
As Persian Rugs are so highly detailed and are made out of the finest of fibres, allowing a professional to handle it carefully and wash it, will help the rug with its wear & tear, and it’ll also help the rug to keep its authentic colour palette looking vibrant. If you hire a reliable rug cleaning company, like us, to clean your Persian Rug, it’s quality will not be compromised.
Here at Arcadia Rug Spa, we have been in the rug cleaning business for over twenty years; therefore, if you choose us to take care of your Persian Rug’s cleaning needs, you couldn’t have put your rug in better, more experienced hands. We are aware of a Persian Rug’s authenticity which is why our procedures do not bear any risks; we want to bring your rug back to life by handing it back to you smelling, and looking as well-formed and ravishing as ever.
Do you want to learn more about Persian Rugs? Check out the fun facts below!
- Persian Rugs date back to over 2,500 years ago!
- It can take weavers up to years when making a large Persian Rug.
- The magic/flying carpet that features in Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ is in fact, Persian.
- Persian Rugs have always been in myths, literature and legends in the Middle East as ‘magical’.
- The largest hand-woven Persian Rug lies in a large mosque in the United Arab Emirates, and it’s a whopping 5,600sq metre long
Rug Cleaning in action
This video show’s the thorough 12 step rug cleaning process most rugs go through to get the best results for your area rug. However there is a very small amount of rugs that are not suited to being cleaned in the wash pit due to construction but it will still be cleaned thoroughly using a method that will be both safe for your rug while giving you exceptional cleaning results.
With the equipment and facilities we have here at Arcadia Rug Spa we are able to cater for all types of rug cleaning from Machine made Modern rugs to Hand Knotted Persian silk carpets.
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