Restoring Your Oriental Rug
Having an Antique Hand Knotted Oriental Rug doesn’t mean it can’t be new again.
By either repairing or restoring or doing both you can bring back the life of your valuable antique rug. People with antique rugs hope that they can look like new again keeping this valuable piece in the family for generations to come, so it is important that you take it to a qualified professional or you risk getting it more damaged. Unlike other Oriental rugs, antique hand knotted oriental rugs have to be treated with extra time and patience. The material used or even the colors of the fibers may be hard to come by so special care and treatment must be applied for these special rugs.
When you bring in your antique rug to a professional cleaner, you can rest assured that it is in good hands and will be brought back to its original beauty.
First, lets discuss the difference between repair and restoration. Repair means that you need a specific spot of the rug fixed, such as unraveled fringes, worn out fibers, moth holes and tears. On the other hand, restoration refers to rugs that appear to be old or have over usage due to heavy traffic over years, and need to be revitalized to be like new again. It is important to find a professional rug cleaner that offers repair and restoration services so there is no need to get repair done in one location and restoration done somewhere else.
Your rug must be washed delicately or the old age rug fibers may start to tear or loosen and you may not be able to find these same materials because of old age.
Rugs that are not washed with detail may leave soap scum, and other hard minerals which will cause more damage to your rug. If stains are just covered and pet stains just masked instead of compete removal, it will cause more damage to your antique rug or oriental rug and also lower the value of the rug.