cleaning of Oriental and Persian rugs is a specialty. Stop and think
of the moment that you bought that special Oriental rug. Was it the
intricacy of the weave? Was it the colorful dance of the patterns?
Was it the feel of the textile? Perhaps it was all of these factors
that when combined, created that special magical story, that made
your decision to buy.
We know that the textile of Oriental and Persian rugs is not just
the everyday fabric used in the mass manufacture of many of the goods
that we purchase. The collectors of these very fine textiles are a
group of sophisticated and appreciative people. They may be people
for example, who are familiar with the Chemical Principles of Textile
Conservation (Butterworth-Heinemann Series in Conservation and Museology),
a mainstay of information in the Textiles Industry. They may also
be familiar with the ICOC (International Conference
on Oriental Carpets) the ICS (i Cleaning
Specialist), a dominant voice in the trade literature, or the
Textile Society of America We know that one of the leading causes
of damage to Oriental Rugs is improper cleaning. The danger presented
by most commercial companies is due to the harshness of over-the-counter
cleaning formulations that they us. Hot water, mechanical brushing,
and washing machines are other common causes of damage.. In the case
of “in-home” or “steam cleaning”; inadequate cleaning and incomplete
rinsing are the most damaging to your fine textiles. The shortcuts
of “wall-to-wall”, carpet -steam cleaning and traditional commercial
cleaning machines, are contrary to the principles and practices of
rug and textile conservation.
Odor sources and contamination such as urine, mold, mildew, or insect
infestations always dictate our use of the appropriate treatments
and procedures. All natural fibers require decontamination prior to
cleaning, for their protection and preservation.
The other three causes of damage are moisture, light and insects.
When the textile is wet with more than 75% humidity for more than
a week; mold fungi can grow and weaken the rug. When it is 100% wet
for a week or more, both bacteria and fungi may irreversibly damage
a rug or textile. Therefore, the method of cleaning chosen and
the method of drying are extremely important.
In the case of light, all wavelengths of light contribute energy
that accelerates chemical reactions in dyes and textiles. The
strongest reactions occur with light near the blue and ultraviolet
end of the spectrum. In time, due to the exposure to light, natural
fibers become brittle and break down. Dyes fade. Sunlight provides
a large amount of UV light, and windows should be filtered to eliminate
it. Items should not be placed in direct sunlight if it can be
Webbing and case-bearing moths, black and variegated dermestid beetles
are - among the most damaging insects - the greatest threat for wool
and silk. Tapestries and other hanging textiles are particularly vulnerable.
Our complete flushing away of both soils and the cleaning agents,
allows us to achieve almost drinkable, rinse water conditions.
So, even though you don’t need to know all of the technical data that
we study it’s nice to know that the people taking care of your fine
textiles do. Why not let us give your rugs and carpets the same love
and appreciation that you expressed when you made the decision to
purchase them. You will rest easy knowing that the people cleaning
your rugs love them just as much as you do.