Showing posts with label Beni Qurain Rug Was Eaten By Moths. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Beni Qurain Rug Was Eaten By Moths. Show all posts

Monday, August 10, 2020

How to not store a wool rug.

 


You are planning a renovation.  Or you simply tire of the rug you have had out for a while.  You decide you want to put the rug in storage for a few weeks.  Or simply roll it up or put it in the back of a closet.  You vacuum it and roll it up.  It'll just be a few weeks or months you think.  Maybe you stick some cedar chips or a few mothballs in between the folds or rolls of the rug.  Weeks become moths (and maybe years) and one day you see a moth flying around.  You get this pang in your memory as you quickly calculate how long it's been since you last inspected your rug. Has it been that long?  You go to the closet and pull out the rug.  You open it and see holes where there was once a beautiful motif.  You see white gluey trails where there was nothing but black beautiful wool.  While you were thinking of anything but moths, moths were eating your beautiful wool rug.  This can be prevented by taking a few simple steps before putting a rug into storage.  Most importantly, you must have your rug professionally cleaned before putting it in storage.  Moths will always choose a dirty rug over a clean rug for their meal.  Secondly, it is important that rugs are stored in a well ventilated area.  Closets are among the worst places for storage.  And thirdly, regular inspection is necessary.  If moths are caught early, rugs can be cleaned and saved from costly and unsightly damage.

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Moroccan Rug Cleaning. Special considerations



Anyone who has opened up a home decor magazine in the last decade undoubtedly has seen many beautiful examples of gorgeous Moroccan rugs - from stunning, monochromatic Beni Ourain rugs such as those pictured above, to fantastically vibrant Moroccan kilims.  Moroccan rugs have been adorning and beautifying homes for centuries and they are among the most beautiful rugs in the world.  Caring for them is similar to caring for Persian, Turkish and other Oriental rugs.  However, they do pose several unique challenges.  Moroccan rugs tend to have a longer pile than other Oriental rugs, leaving room at the base of the pile for dirt to become embedded, and in some instances, for moths to inflict damage.  Moroccan wool is coarser, generally, than Persian and Turkish wool.  Also, Moroccan dyes, as indeed all dyes, can be fugitive leading to possible color run during the cleaning process.  Of course there are many fine examples of Moroccan rugs with stable dyes, but many Moroccan rugs in the US and European markets unfortunately have less stable dyes.  For this reason, professional cleaners must take special care not to let colors run during a cleaning process.  When searching for a Moroccan rug cleaner, take special care to ask about the cleaning process and what steps are taken to minimize the risk of color run.  A good Moroccan carpet cleaner will have experience with different types of Moroccan rugs and kilims to ensure that they can be enjoyed for many years to come.

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Repairing a Moroccan Beni Ourain Rug - Before Pictures



Flip through any shelter magazine or turn on any HGTV show and you'll undoubtedly come across a lovely Moroccan Beni Ourain rug or two (or three, or four?).   Beni Ourain rugs - with their muted palettes and simple geometric motifs - are indeed quite lovely.  They are fantastic rugs to decorate around as they ground a space while lending a room instant texture and character.  They single-handedly give a room a sense of hygge that seems to be THE thing that everyone wants in their 2017 home.  I personally love Beni Ourain rugs and appreciate how they complement my more colorful Turkish and Persian rugs so beautifully.  The one drawback of Beni Ourain rugs is that their lovely thick pile is attractive not only to us lovers of all things beautiful, but also to moths.  A large section of this Beni Ourain rug (almost 2' x 3') was eaten by moths.  In the following posts, we will share how we restored it to its former glory.  --www.traditionalrugrepair.com