Ultimate Guide to Persian and Oriental Rug Care | Oriental Rug Salon

Oriental and Persian Area Rug Owners Guide To Rug Care And Identification

Oriental Rug Salon is a full-service Oriental and Persian area rug cleaning, restoration, repair, and appraisal company serving clients throughout the United States.  We are trusted by insurance and restoration companies, rug collectors, museums, Oriental and Persian area rug retailers, and rug owners who cherish or refer area rugs for cleaning, restoration, or appraisal.

If you’re looking for information on caring for your area rug or understanding the type of rug you have or its value, you’ve come to the right place. Our rug master has compiled this information guide to help owners answer questions about their cherished area rugs. Let’s begin.

First, what is the difference between an “Oriental” and a “Persian” area rug?

Oriental rugs are hand-knotted only in Asia, including China, Iran, India, Pakistan, Tibet, Nepal, Turkey, and Russia.

Persian rugs are also hand-knotted, but authentic Persian rugs are created in Iran (formerly known as Persia).

Persian and Oriental rugs are not just floor coverings but works of art. Proper care is essential to maintain their beauty and longevity. When caring for your wool or silk Oriental or Persian rug, never allow a “carpet cleaning” company the opportunity to clean it. Here’s the reason why:

Understanding Your Area Rug’s Construction

The construction of a Persian or Oriental rug is a testament to its craftsmanship. Knowing the materials, dyes, knot count, and techniques used to create your rug can help you care for it appropriately. Remember that genuine wool and silk area rugs cannot be cleaned like standard wall-to-wall carpeting.

How to “Read” Or Interpret the Design of An Area Rug

Learning to “read” your rug means understanding its history, identification, patterns, colors, and symbols. This knowledge can give you insights into its origin, value, and significance.

Cleaning and Maintaining Your Oriental or Persian Area Rug

Regular professional cleaning and maintenance are crucial for preserving your rug’s appearance, longevity, and health. Between professional cleanings, vacuum gently, avoid harsh chemicals, and address spills promptly to prevent stains. If you spill something on your cherished rug or your pet has an accident, seek professional assistance.

Dealing with Pet Urine Issues on Oriental Rugs

Pet urine can be particularly damaging to rugs. Blot up the urine quickly and consult a professional for deep cleaning to help prevent dry rot, odor, permanent staining, and dye migration issues. See our Care Guide below for a video on how pet urine affects wool and silk rugs.

Why Choose Oriental Rug Salon For Your Oriental and Persian Area Rug Cleaning Needs

Oriental Rug Salon is a trusted name in rug care, backed by certifications from the IICRC, CRI, and WoolSafe. Our expertise ensures your rugs are in safe hands. We regularly provide technician assistance to rug cleaners throughout the United States and prepare rug guides and blog posts for rug owners and professionals alike.

Oriental Rug Salon operates in a 6,000-square-foot facility in Cape Coral, Florida, and is supervised by a Rug Master and appraiser. Our technicians are certified and experienced and can care for all textile types. For rug owners who live in Lee, Collier, or Charlotte County, Florida, we offer free pick-up and delivery for most area rugs, and our average turnaround time is seven days.

If you live outside of SW Florida and want us to clean, repair, or restore a cherished area rug, we accept shipments via UPS and Federal Express.

Frequently Asked Questions and Further Resources About Oriental and Persian Area Rugs

Caring for your Persian and Oriental rugs is an ongoing commitment. For more information and resources, visit Oriental Rug Salon’s website at https://orientalrugsalon.com/ or Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/OrientalRugSalon/.

Also, check out our videos and information guides by clicking on any of the links below.

Moth and Insect DamageHow To protect my Oriental rug from insect and moth infestation

Colors and Symbols: Each color can have a symbolic meaning, such as red for passion or blue for tranquility.

Cleaning and Maintaining Your Rug: How often should you have your Oriental or Persian area rug cleaned

Vacuuming: Use a gentle setting and avoid vacuuming fringes.

Area Rug Appraisals:  How to determine the value of an Oriental or Persian area rug

Oriental and Persian Rug Appraisals:  Interested in learning about the value of your area rug?

Pet Urine Treatment:  How Oriental Rug Salon treats Oriental and Persian rugs for pet urine and other biological accidents

We hope you found this guide beneficial. Please visit our website to learn more about the fascinating world of Oriental and Persian area rugs. If you ever have any questions, regardless of where you live, please call us at 239-541-4888.