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Q&A: Rug Storage and Display


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My brother bought several pricey hand-knotted rugs a few years ago. The wool pakistanis are on floors, but he has a great Chinese silk that he keeps in a closet, as he can't find a place in his new house. Shouldn't this be better stored? Also, I have suggested that he display it on the corner of the dining room table or on the wall, as he doesn't want such a thin rug on the floor. Any other suggestions? Thanks.





Thanks for contacting.
This is a very good question.  We would have to see the rug at hand to really advise, but we do have some general information for you.  We've addressed this to some degree in the past for wool carpets, but not specifically for silk.  Generally storage is the same for either, although ordinarily wool carpets you would want to have some sort of moth prevention system in place.
It sounds like your brother has a few nice rugs.  Assuming the carpet at hand is true silk, here are our suggestions.
The most important elements to storing a silk rug is as follows: 
A.  Having a well regulated temperature control with as little humidity as possible (e.g., a basement or garage are not ideal storage locations.)  
B.  Before storing a rug, you want to ensure that it's been thoroughly cleaned.  This will prevent recent or old stains from affecting the fibers, and also deter potential attraction of mice or other.
C.  Be sure the rug is well wrapped.  You don't want to have it be entirely sealed as the carpet should be able to breath.  rolling the rug in some tyvek or tube plastic is advisable, avoid colored paper or other stain-potential material.  Your local rug dealer will have the necessary items for proper wrapping.  
If the rug is of little monetary value, it may or may not be cost effective to clean prior to storage.  A lot of this would have to do with the grade, condition, and whether or not the rug is actually silk as noted before.
As for hanging on the wall, it's not a bad idea.  However, there are aspects to consider such as isolated sun-fade or powdering which could occur from extended exposure to light. This will depend on quality of dyes, actual material, window's UV protection and several other variables.
All the best, and thanks for writing in.

- Rug Rag


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