If you own, or are considering investing in, an Oriental rug then you will have probably heard that with the right care such a rug can last for a very long time and in many cases becomes a family heirloom that is handed down from generation to generation.
This is certainly true but you may not realize just how durable an Oriental rug can be. For example, the oldest known carpet of any kind in existence is an Oriental rug and quite an extraordinary piece it is as well.
The Pazryk Carpet
The rug in question is known as the Pazryk Carpet and archaeologists currently date it to the 5th century BC. It was discovered in 1948 in the Altai Mountains of Central Asia near Pazryk in Siberia. It was the last remaining treasure in a tomb that appeared to have been ransacked at some point and was semi frozen, a fact that probably did do a great deal to help preserve it.
The extraordinary thing about the Pazryk Carpet is just what great shape it is in. Now displayed at the Hermitage Museum in Leningrad, Russia the 6 foot by 6 foot 6 inch rug’s red and gold colors are surprisingly virulent and its extraordinary patterning of florals, eagles and warriors on horseback is still extraordinarily clear.
Prolonging the Life of Your Oriental Rug
Although there is no guarantee that your Oriental rug will last as long as 2,500 years there are some things that you can do that can help ensure its longevity in general. Here are some of the most important of them:
Regular Vacuuming: As durable as an Oriental rug is simple everyday dirt and dust particles can damage its fibers permanently if allowed to sit for too long. The best way to do this is to vacuum or even sweep following the direction of the nap, fringe to fringe, which will also help bring out its patina.
Hand Washing – All carpets benefit from a regular professional cleaning but in order to preserve the beauty of an Oriental rug it does need special care that a standard carpet cleaning company does not provide. Back when the Pazryk Carpet was new it would have been hand washed. That process is replicated today by a firm offering Oriental carpet cleaning in RI using an immersion cleaning process. By having your rug cleaned in this way on a regular basis – perhaps annually – its beauty and its longevity will be significantly increased.
Padding and Rotation – Using a high quality carpet pad underneath your Oriental rug is another way to help it wear better. The rug will also benefit from being rotated 180 degrees every few months and both actions will also help preserve the flooring underneath as well.
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