Common Causes Of Uneven Degradation Of Persian Rugs

Posted on: 8 December 2015

Persian rugs are often considered the epitome of high quality rugs and carpets. A well maintained Persian rug can have a commendable lifespan. In order to ensure maximum longevity of these rugs, it is important for a homeowner to take certain preservative measures to protect the rug. This article discusses a few causes of uneven damage on a Persian rug and how this can be prevented.

Exposure To Sunlight

Persian carpets are sensitive to sunlight. Extended exposure to harmful rays from the sun is known to accelerate the rate at which Persian carpets fade. It is advisable for homeowners to change the position of the carpet regularly by rotating it from one end to the other. By doing this, the homeowner allows all areas of the rug to receive equal amounts of sunlight. As a result, the carpet shades uniformly.

Damage From Heavy Human Traffic

Persian carpets can be placed on a display or they can be used on floors in living areas around the house.  Rugs used on the floor are exposed to the threat of damage as a result of heavy human traffic. The most common sign of traffic-related damage on a Persian rug is the presence of worn out fibres on the rug.

With this in mind, rug owners are advised to ensure that the all sections of the rug are exposed to foot traffic for almost equal amounts of time. This ensures that the wearing out of rug fibres occurs uniformly. For example, it would not be ideal for certain parts of the rug to constantly be under a table while others are constantly exposed to foot traffic. Unfortunately, such scenarios are often unavoidable, and traffic-related damage on Persian rugs cannot be entirely prevented. However, rotating the rug to expose previously hidden areas of the rug will also help to prevent uneven wearing out of rug fibres.

Rug Damage From Pet-Related Activity

Pet traffic on a Persian rug is also often responsible for rug damage. For this reason, it is advisable for a homeowner to avoid using Persian rugs in living areas that the pets frequent.

Pets may also damage a Persian rug by chewing on its edges. Cats are also known to prefer thick wool surfaces for sharpening their claws, and Persian rugs provide this.

Rug damage as a result of pet-related activity can be mitigated by lining rug edges using mild, but bitter-tasting moth flakes. This helps to repel household pets that may attempt to bite on the rug.

Taking good care of Persian rugs is the best way to protect these valuable investments. For more tips, contact a local rug retailer or repair company like Bijan Exclusive Rugs