Are Rug Pads Necessary for Oriental Rugs?

You want the best rug for your home, which means buying an Oriental rug. Are you finished after this purchase? Actually, no. Once you find the perfect rug, you’re going to want to look for an Oriental rug pad to go underneath it.

While an Oriental rug pad may seem like an after-thought, it is absolutely essential for protecting both your floors and the rug you love. When it comes to valuable Oriental rugs, a high-quality rug pad is an absolute must!

You Need an Oriental Rug Pad

Placing an Oriental rug pad under your new rug is strongly recommended for several reasons. The most important reason is that it helps to increase the life of your rug by protecting it from wear and tear. When you have a fine area rug in your home, you want to protect your investment. After all, something that is handmade and high-quality isn’t going to be cheap.

How does it work? An Oriental rug pad that is placed under your rug acts as a buffer. It cushions the impact between the sole of your foot above it and the hard floor underneath it. Due to the fact that this pad is absorbing most of the impact of your steps, the rug does not get worn out as easily. While this is very useful for all types of rugs, it is especially important for Oriental rugs because of the way that these rugs are constructed.

Genuine Oriental rugs, like those sold here at Serafian’s, are always woven by hand. That means the back of these rugs will always feature a series of knots that are hand tied by the expert artisan weaver. When an Oriental rug is placed directly on the floor, the knots tend to get rubbed against the floor every time somebody walks over the rug. The friction of the knots against the floor will eventually open the knot, and the weave will get loosened. Over a period of time, several years, the rug is likely to lose its even, tightly knotted look and its compact structure. If not repaired by professionals, it will begin to look shapeless and uneven. That would be devastating! An Oriental rug pad avoids this.

That’s not the only reason a pad is a good thing to buy. A rug pad placed under the rug also adds comfort to you and your family by providing a softer surface to walk on. When shopping for an Oriental rug pad, you have three main options: a foam pad, a thick underpad, and a pad made specifically for wooden floors. 

Come to Serafian’s for all of Your Oriental Rug Needs

Those in New Mexico have the experts at Serafian’s for all of their Oriental rug needs and questions. Don’t hesitate to reach out and ask us anything else you’re wondering about!

Can You Clean an Oriental Rug with Water?

When you have a fine area rug in your home, you want to protect your investment. After all, something that is handmade and high-quality isn’t going to be cheap. Beyond being careful with your rug at parties or when storing and moving it, you also need to pay special attention to how it needs to be cleaned. The last thing you want is to accidentally ruin your beautiful Oriental rug!

Can You Clean an Oriental Rug with Water?

Yes, you can clean an Oriental rug with water, if you’re very careful and it’s only a little bit of water. Water may seem like a harmless substance, yet it can do a lot of damage to a delicate rug. Before you run off and pour water on your rug, let us explain a little further.

As careful as you are, accidents are a part of life. Spills and stains are an inevitable accident. You should clean spills immediately, as drinks like coffee and wine can permanently dye the rug. Blot up the spill with a fresh towel, and use a little clear cold water to dilute the stain. Keep rinsing (not too much water) and blotting until the stain is gone. If someone spills milk on the carpet, it is probably a good idea to have the rug professionally cleaned, as the milk can sour and leave an unpleasant odor. Many liquids can all leave permanent stains, so get to them as quickly as possible. If you have a “wet/dry” vacuum you can use it to suck out excess water from the rug.

From mold, to color bleeding, and even a weakened, thinned foundation, water can thoroughly spoil the quality of your prized Oriental rug if the damage is not taken care of as soon as possible. This is why you’ll want to use only a little water. If the stain requires more than a small bit of blotting, this cleaning is beyond your expertise and you’ll need to take it in for professional care. At Serafian’s, we utilize specially built equipment that replicates traditional methods of cleaning fine oriental rugs while utilizing the most modern technology available. Our total immersion process removes the maximum amount of dirt and contaminants, returning your expensive rugs to their highest level of beauty while gently preventing any damage.

Professional Oriental Rug Cleaning in New Mexico

Your Oriental rug is certainly something you’ll want to care for in the best way possible. You need to know how to care for it, but how? Can you blot it with water? Can you vacuum it? Serafian’s is here to answer all of your questions, plus provide the services you need! While regular vacuuming and quickly cleaning spills are important for maintaining fine area rugs, these methods are only sufficient for keeping the surface of your carpet clean. What you’re looking for is professional rug cleaning, done by our industry experts. 

Why are They Called Oriental Rugs?

When you’re looking for the best type of rug in the world, you are shopping for an Oriental rug. This much you know. What you don’t know, however, is why they are called Oriental rugs. Oriental rug is a generalized term for handwoven rugs and carpets, woven on a loom, of thick and high-quality textiles. When you think of “The Orient,” you’re probably imagining China. That doesn’t mean that these rugs were made in China.

Why are They Called Oriental Rugs?

An Oriental rug can be from any number of countries. By the strictest definition, Oriental rugs are carpets hand knotted only in Asia. Iran, China, India, Russia, Turkey, Pakistan, Tibet, and Nepal are the biggest exporters of Oriental rugs. Persian rugs are a type of Oriental rug, but they are made only in Iran. Iran was formerly known as Persia.

These areas are so great at creating rugs because they have been doing it for literally thousands of years. They have had generation after generation of artisans perfecting this craft.

The art of carpet weaving existed in Persia and the surrounding areas in ancient times, according to evidence and in the opinion of scientists. In fact, the first documented evidence on the existence of Persian carpets came from Chinese texts dating back to the Sassanid period (224 – 641 CE). Yes, that’s almost 2,000 years ago! Historical records show that the Achaemenian court of Cyrus the Great at Pasargadae was decked with magnificent carpets. Alexander II of Macedonia was said to have been amazed and impressed by the carpets in the tomb area of Cyrus the Great. This was over 2500 years ago!

Why are Oriental Rugs so Special?

It’s no wonder that Oriental rugs are sought after by the entire globe. They are known for extremely rich color combinations and unique designs. Because each rug is handmade, they are known for their tremendous variety in design, color, size, and weave. 

The natural dyes in an Oriental rug are derived from plant materials and insects such as indigo, madder, oak, sumac, pomegranate, cochineal, and larkspur. It isn’t only the rich hues that make them so special, but also the weave. “Counting knots” is a way to judge if the rug they are thinking of buying is one of a high quality. Beyond the knots, it’s important to consider the material. A thin material, like silk, will need to be knotted many more times than one may from wool.

Thanks to the uniqueness of each and every rug produced, you’ll never worry about you and someone else having the exact same Oriental rug. 

Shop for Oriental Rugs in New Mexico

Those looking to buy an Oriental rug in New Mexico have the experts at Serafian’s to call upon. We want to make your shopping experience a successful one. This is why we aim to educate our shoppers, not simply sell to them. With any additional questions about Oriental rugs, reach out and ask. We’re happy to answer them all!