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Question received the week of Monday, the 14th of July
Hello Rug Rag!!!
I am so thankful to you for all the information you put out in this site. I know a lot about oriental rugs now thanks to you!
noticed that when I see oriental rugs displayed in Middle East Houses
(in photograph mostly) it is usually empty (No furniture on top of it),
and I wonder how much damage we do when we put heavy furniture on top
of our Persian rugs, particularly silk Ghom? What is your recommendation
on this issue?
Thanks very much for your email, this is a great question and we're happy to help you out.
To answer your question, generally speaking with wool Oriental Rugs, heavy furniture rarely ever results in any permanent damages.
Preventative measures which should be taken in most any case are as follows: Any hand knotted rug should have a padding underneath. Use of a pad will help absorb some of the weight and compression from heavy objects such as a large dining room table or other. However, in the case of thinner rugs, too much padding can create stretching of the foundation, creating an abnormal amount of tension within the structure of the carpet. This goes for not only thin rugs and carpets, but also those with delicate fiber content such as a Ghom silk Rug (also spelled Qum, Qom, Ghoum). The most important preventative measure from having severely compressed pile is to distribute the weight with furniture "coasters," and every so often rotate the carpet and placement of furniture items every year or so.
Corrective measures: When it
comes to use and pile "revitalization," this really should be left to a
professional in the cases of true silk rugs. For a wool rug, the
process would be simply a quick steaming with a clothing steamer. This
would release the pile fibers which had been pressed down to the
foundation of the rug, a simple technique to spring fibers back into
place with surrounding pile. You would also have to make sure the
carpet had been professionally cleaned, as small stains or dirt/grease
on the fibers may become permanent with application of high heat. In
the case of a silk rug, this is somewhat more of a delicate process.
is a wonderful fiber to have integrated into the weaving of an Oriental Rug. However, silk also has significantly less resilience when it comes to fold wear as compared to a wool piled counterpart. In the event of severe pile compression in silk rugs due to extended periods of heavy weight furniture placement, while a
steaming may work, colors tend to not be as colorfast under extreme
heat such as steaming. The silk fiber in general is more "slippery,"
and absorbs dyes in a different manner than that of wool. To answer
your question, while a steam cleaning may be a good option, I would
have the rug professionally inspected, as steaming may be an absolute
The best suggestions we have: do not agitate or
brush the pile. Depending on the pile height and severity of
compression, you may be able to carefully work the pile back up to it's
original state with a slow and delicate stroke with your fingers with
the direction of the pile (if the pile is high). Hard agitation will
render your pile design muddled and less detailed, as will rubbing in
the opposite direction. In the case of Ghom rugs, the piles tend to be
very short, so this may not work particularly well. The best, easiest
(and slowest) method is simply to leave the rug as is, walk on it, and
allow the pile to slowly release itself after the course of several
weeks. The compression from the weight of heavy furniture on a rug is
not permanent, and due to the nature of your rug's fiber, the tendency
over time will be for the pile to slowly release and spring back to an
original state over a long period of time.
Again, the best
thing to do would be to bring the rug to your local Oriental Rug
specialist. If you would like a recommendation for someone in your
area, feel free to contact us. Do not bring the rug to a dry cleaner,
or ask for an in-home steamer service to look at it. The best option
again is for a qualified and professional Rug Expert to inspect the rug
in person to decide on the severity of compression. If the rug is
clean, they may opt to simply use cold water (or humidifier-type
apparatus) and careful strokes with the direction of the pile to
release it. Unfortunately, we do not have any instant-in home
recommendations for this scenario.
Best of luck, and thank you for sharing your question with our readers!
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