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Rug FAQs

  • why does my oriental rug look different from one end to the other?

    Light end vs dark end Oriental Rug
    Light and dark end of an Oriental rug
    Light end vs dark end Oriental Rug

    Every hand knotted rug has a "light" side and a "dark" side.  The color is due to how you view the rugs nap. Depending on whether one looks into the nap or with the nap, the rug will look lighter or darker and the color intensity you see from one end of the rug may be vastly different from what you see on the opposite end.

    This phenomenon is a result of the weaving process.  As each knot is hand-tied and pulled down, a directionality is created in the pile, with the nap fibers always pointing toward the bottom of the rug as it hangs in the loom.  Once you have your rug in your home, examine it closely from both ends, as you may wish to turn it 180-degrees to ensure the best possible effect for the room it is in.

  • Do not clean oriental rugs on location (in client home)

    Do not clean rugs at home
    In home rug cleaning is a bad idea
    Do not clean rugs at home
    It is never a good idea to clean oriental rugs in-situ at a client's home, and should never be attempted unless other factors such as large size prevent moving the rug to our professional rug cleaning facility.  While in-home cleaning IS much cheaper, it is risky and not even remotely the equivilent of in-plant cleaning.  On location, the fringe cannot be cleaned, and the rug may mildew due to inadeqaate drying.  Always have your rugs taken out of the home and cleaned by a professional company that specializes in Oriental Rug Cleaning.

  • How often should I clean my Oriental Rugs?

    The Oriental Rug Importers Association (ORIA) recommends hand-made rugs be cleaned every two to four years.  Rugs used in heavily trafficked areas such as entry halls may need to be cleaned annually.  Removing soil from thick and heavy rugs is more difficult, and cleaning frequency for these rugs should be accelerated to twice the frequency of closely cut and lighter weight rugs.  
  • Should I buy a silk rug for use on my floor?

    Silk rugs are a poor choice as a floor covering

    As a floor covering, silk rugs are a poor choice because they are much less resistant to permanent soiling than even good quality wool rugs.  Silk rugs when new, are often very beautiful, vibrant, soft and elegant, but they are also highly susceptible to rapid soiling and accelerated wear.  

    Restoration options for soiled silk rugs are limited in scope, much less effective, labor intensive, and costly.  MonsterClean recommends silk rugs only for use as tapestries, and as floor coverings only on very special occasions.