How to Spot Clean Your Rugs

Clean a spill immediately before it has a chance to set. Carefully blot up excess liquid with a  paper towel, and then pour a small amount of regular unflavored club soda onto the soiled area. With a soft cloth, blot (do not rub) the stain from the outer edges inward to avoid spreading the stain.
For specific spills, a variety of household solutions may be used:

  • Fresh food – sprinkle cornmeal on the spot. It will act like a blotter. Then vacuum.
  • Tea stains – remove with soda water.
  • Red wine – remove with white wine.
  • Grease – Try a mild cleaning fluid, having first tried it on a small, hidden area on the rug.
  • Gum – harden with an ice cube, and then gently scrape it.

Finally, blot up excess liquid and elevate the dampened spot to allow air circulation until dry.

If you are unsuccessful, contact us to have your rugs professional cleaned. For large spots, tough or dark stains (blood, wine, soft drinks, fruit punch, animal stains) have the rug professionally cleaned as soon as possible. You can call us to set up an appointment at (414)-347-1300 or (262)-717-1111.

What You Should Look for in an Oriental Rug

QUALITY

Most people get too enthralled in how many knots per square inch the carpet has. There are more important things to judge by. The weave should be fine enough to express the motifs in the carpet. While this tightness of the weave is important, the quality of the wool determines the resilience and lasting patina of a rug. The fastness of the dye is also an important factor.

COLOR

Color is what catches our eye. Oriental rugs are renowned for their exotic colors, much like the colors of the jewels and flowering gardens found here. At first, nature was the source of perfect dyes and attractive colors. Color can be drawn from many things in nature. One in particular is Madder Root, which produces a whole range of pinks and reds; also green from grass and blues from Indigo. Today’s weavers use a wide range of dying techniques from natural vegetation to synthetic or man-made dyes.

Make sure the colors of the rug are the colors that you need. Colors look different in all settings. What you see in rug showrooms is not necessarily what you will see in your room setting. Be sure to ask your salesperson if you can view the rug in your home before you purchase.

DESIGN

The design in a carpet is as essential as color. Weavers around the world have set free carpets from the limitation of space, weaving intricate and infinite patterns. Many of the patterns are woven combining the geometric and floral with the arabesque. Many of the patterns woven are based on naturalistic form, using flowers and vine arabesques. These patterns are reminiscent of the Mughal emperor’s love of nature.

Make sure the design of the carpet is right for you. You don’t want to match patterns, but they should flow well. Scale of pattern is usually a concern. If the furniture in your room has a tight busy pattern, try to choose a rug that has a little looser pattern, so the room does not become too busy and vise verse.

Rugs are very much like a piece of art and therefore are very subjective. Whatever you choose, make sure that you love it, as it will become a lasting addition to your home.

TOUCH

From the beginning of time, wool has been the predominant material used in hand-knotted carpets. The wool used has a variety of origins, from New Zealand to Gazni or Afghanistan. Each origin will produce a different feel all dependent on the use for which the carpet is being woven.

Silk is also a popular material used in carpets. Some carpets are woven purely in silk, some may be a blend of wool & silk, and some may have just the slightest touch of silk used to highlight motifs.

WEAVING

Hand-knotted carpets are woven on looms. The loom is where the foundation of the carpet is strung. The foundation consists of a warp strung vertically and a weft strung horizontally. This warp and weft is ultimately what the weaver ties the knots on. Most of the weavers around the world use the asymmetrical or Persian knot. The Persian knot is tied with a strand of wool around two of the warp strings. Each knot is separated by a loop that is cut after the next weft string is strung. This process of weaving is very widespread as it is fairly fast.

WASH & FINISH

Washing is done to bring sheen and luster to the carpet. Washing is done with water mixed with soap, bleaching powder, and other natural chemicals. After the carpet is washed, it is blocked to keep its shape and kept in the sunlight for drying. After the carpet is dry, it is sent to be clipped. The clipping of the pile is very tedious and is done in small sections to keep an even grade.

Finding the Perfect Rug for Your Home or Office

Before you begin your search for a Oriental rug, take some time to think about size and color. Measure the room the carpet will be in. In general a 2 to 3’ border of floor is nice around an Oriental. Also, know where the furniture will sit in the room; you may require a smaller rug than you think you need. For example, a standard size for a dining room table will be 8×10. This will allow for the six chairs to be on the rug at all times; however, if the table is to be extended all of the time, a larger rug may be required.

In terms of choosing color, it is always a good idea to choose the rug before anything else in a room, but we all know that is not always possible. If your room is already decorated with furniture and paint, simply collect all of the swatches from the furniture and paint to bring with you on your quest. It is also a good idea to take some pictures of the room as well. All of this preliminary research will save you and your sales people a lot of aggravation.