A fine Oriental rug can withstand an amazing amount of wear, tear, and everyday household life. But, like houses themselves, there is one thing that poses a great risk to the life of an Oriental rug: water. A rug that has been flooded (or, in some instances, even just wet) by a burst pipe, a flooded basement, or a watered plant can experience color run, a strong foul odor, mildew, mold, and even rot.
When a water damaged hand knotted rug is entrusted to our care, we immediately soak it for some time. It may seem counterintuitive to soak a rug that has been damaged by water, but the soaking allows for the best chance to eliminate the foul odor of wet or damp wool. It is also the first step of any color run repair process. After the soaking, we do a thorough professional cleaning and allow for a thorough drying. It is only after the drying that we can assess how much color run damage there is. Unfortunately, there is no way to guarantee complete elimination of color run. However, if the color run is limited, we are able to reknot the affected area when other methods fail.--www.traditionalrugrepair.com