Oriental Rug Facts
Q: How long does it take to make a rug?
A: The length of time it takes to make a carpet is determined by the size, design and knot count of the carpet. A room size rug can take from 9 months to 3 years to complete- by three weavers dependent upon the detail/quality of the rug.
Q: Can I have a rug custom designed?
A: Yes you sure can, this is not an inexpensive thing to do when talking about an oriental rug, but it can certainly be done. You can choose color, design, size- the sky’s the limit!
Q: What is meant by “knots per square inch?”
A: Knots per square inch (kpsi) pertain to the number of knots in one square inch of a carpet. The more kpsi, the more detailed the design and the more expensive the rug. Rugs can go from under 60 kpsi to over 1000 kpsi.
Q: What determines the price of a rug?
A: Rug costs are determined by many different factors including but not limited to age, color, size, design, condition, kpsi (knots per square inch), material (wool, silk, cotton) and rarity.
Q: Will my rug stain or fade?
A: All rugs are subject to fading from sun exposure. Carpets woven with vegetable dyed wools will be more forgiving where exposure is concerned than carpets woven with synthetic dyes. It’s always a good idea to protect you valuable carpets/furniture from sun damage by way of window treatments readily available today.
Q: What is the function of the fringe on the rug?
A: Fringe is for both function and fashion. It is a continuation of the foundation of the rug (warp threads). It is often woven into a kelim (flat woven section) at the end of the carpet and then tied into a knot. This is what keeps the ends of the carpet from unraveling. Fashion wise- it can add a formal or casual appearance to a carpet, depending on the way the fringe is completed.
Q: How often should I have my carpets cleaned?
A: Depending on each family’s living situation, ie pets, children, traffic, number of people living in the home, cleaning recommendations vary. If two people live in a home with no pets or children they should have their carpets cleaned at least once every five years. If you have pets or children it is recommended to clean at least every 3 years. Regular vacuuming is the most important thing any owner can do to extend the life of their carpet.
Q: What can I do when my fringes begin to wear away?
A: There are two things that can be done to repair fringe depending on the construction (machine made, handmade, or tufted) and the value of a carpet. A handmade if might warrant reweaving the fringe back into the rug. For a machine made or tufted rug we are able to replace you worn fringe with brand new pre-made fringe at very reasonable prices.
Q: How often should I vacuum my carpet?
A: A vacuum cleaner is your rugs best friend! Weekly vacuuming can greatly reduce the dulling of colors in a carpet that happens due to the collection of dust in the pile. Vacuuming will also extend the life of your carpet by removing harmful dirt and grit that over time will break the wool and cause a rug to wear prematurely. If your house is full of activity with children, pets, etc. the more you vacuum, the better your carpet will look and the longer it will last.
Q: Why are most oriental rugs made with wool?
A: Because of its beauty and durability is the short answer. The longer answer includes the fact that wool is more resistant to foot traffic than any other fiber. Wool hides dry soil naturally and is not adversely affected by it for quite some time. Wool is a great insulator- in the winter your home will be warmer inside and in the summer it will be cooler. Be aware that there are different qualities of wool and the less expensive wools will stains easily and may not be the first choice where children and pets are present.