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The Baluch Rug

If you are buying a rug for the first time (or buying one after doing some research for the first time), you have probably discovered that there are a wide variety of rug styles and types. From Persian to Beljik rugs, there is a rug that fits everyone’s needs. This is the second post in a series of five posts, each featuring a different style. This post will introduce you to the Baluch rug.

The Baluch rugs originate in the region of Baluchistan, which is found in portions of Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. They are originally tribal in nature, and were designed to be used in the tribal tents. The tents were often designed to be mobile, and were fairly small in size. As a result, Baluch rugs are small in size, as well—usually between 3’ x 4’ or 4’ x 6, but not commonly exceeding 8 feet in length. Baluch rugs are made of hand-spun wool and are known for their resilience. They were made to travel with the tribes, and had to be durable. The designs are usually geometric or tribal in nature, and are made with darker colors, using natural and vegetable dyes.

For questions about the care of Baluch rugs, contact us at Persian River Rug Cleaning today!

The Bokhara Rug

If you are buying a rug for the first time (or buying one after doing some research for the first time), you have probably discovered that there are a wide variety of rug styles and types. From Persian to Beljik rugs, there is a rug that fits everyone’s needs. This blog post will begin a series of five posts, each featuring a different style. This first post will introduce you to the Bokhara (pronounced bow-khAR-ah) rug. It is also referred to as part of the Turkmen rug family.

 

The Bokhara rug has a velvety, plush pile. They are very pliable, much like a thick blanket. They come from the region Pakistan and are a part of rich culture and tradition there. If you have a Bokhara rug, treat it well. One 9’ x 12’ rug probably took 4-5 artisans 9-10 months to complete the rug. And we are not talking about an hour or two each day—more along the lines of five to six hours each day. It is a labor intensive rug, and the owners of such rugs should appreciate that.
Bokhara rugs are usually made in jewel tones, and feature a very fine geometric pattern against a solid background. They have approximately 200 (senna) knots per square inch, and are made of wool.

 

For questions about the care of Bokhara rugs, contact us at Persian River Rug Cleaning today!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday that is fun to celebrate, regardless of your age. St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration of two things: (1) the Irish heritage and culture, in general, and (2) Christianity coming to Ireland. It is celebrated in numerous ways: parades, feasts, dancing, drinking, displaying the color green and shamrocks, etc. In the United States, you can find a St. Patrick’s Day parade to go to no matter where you are. Whether you are in New York City, New York or Topeka, Kansas, there is a parade nearby. And don’t forget to indulge in the Irish fare. Shepherd’s Pie, soda bread, bangers and mash, corned beef and cabbage are just a few of the delicious dishes to try out.

Here are a couple of fun facts about St. Patrick’s Day:

-New York City’s St. Patrick’s Parade is one of the largest parades in the world.

-Corned beef doesn’t have anything to do with corn. The reference is to the salt used to cure the meat—called “corns”.

-St. Patrick’s Day used to be a dry holiday; it was a strictly religious observance until it became a national holiday in 1970.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from everyone here at Persian River Rug Cleaning!

Knots

Knot density is the measure of knots per unit area of a rug, usually per square inch. The knots are counted vertically and horizontally. Knot density is something that everyone should consider when buying a rug; it says a lot about the quality of the rug. The higher the knot density, the higher the quality.

Coarse rugs have up to 25 knots per square inch. Medium rugs have about 40-90 knots per square inch. Fine rugs have about 90-166 knots per square inch. Very fine rugs have over 167 knots per square inch.

Rugs are created using different types of knots, which affect how the pile appears. Here is an overview of a couple common weaving knots:

Turkish knot. The Turkish (Ghiordes) knot is sturdy, but provides a coarser weave than the Senneh knot. It is characteristic of rugs originating in Turkey and Iran.

-Jufti knot. The Jufti knot is also known as the false knot. It is found in both Persian and Turkish rugs. The Jufti knot allows for a faster weaving process and uses half the material. While you get a faster weave and save on material, you lose in durability. The rug will not last as long as other weaves.

Call Persian River Rug Cleaning today, and let us help you maintain your rugs.

Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’

Rugs are a great way to really finish a room. They can define a space, they can warm up an area, they can add character to an otherwise bland room. They are incredibly versatile. Every once in a while, however, there is a need to roll up the rug and store it, whether for a short period of time, or for a more prolonged time.  There are three situations requiring rolling up the rug that immediately come to mind:

-Cleaning, or renovations.  If you are renovating a room, or getting your floors cleaned, you need to temporarily store your rug.

-Moving. If you are moving, you need to store your rug.

-A fresh look. If you have more than one rug and occasionally switch out the rug in a room, you will need to store your rug.

So how do you store a rug?  Definitely roll it, with the pile facing in.

This will prevent creases from forming in your rug. Try to keep it as straight as possible. It may help to place one side of the rug against a wall as you roll it. Once rolled, wrap the rug in polyurethane. You could also wrap it in cotton or muslin, but in a humid environment, polyurethane has an edge over the others because it provides a stronger barrier against dampness and bugs.

Store the rug in a cool, dry and dark area. You want to limit the rug’s exposure to heat, damp and light. Also avoid storing the rug on the floor.

Persian River Rug Cleaning will wrap and store your rug for you; call them today!

Recovering from a Flood

Orlando has some great weather, but it is not immune from flooding. And for a carpeted home, flooding can be all the more devastating. Persian River Rug Cleaning can help you salvage your rugs after a category 3 water loss, but it is important that, as soon as possible after a flood, you take steps to prevent mold. Here are some tips on how:

Get as much of the water up as possible. A wet/dry vacuum is going to be your best bet here.   After you get as much water out of the rugs as possible, use fans to help the rugs dry, and use a dehumidifier to remove the excess moisture from the air. Once you have the rugs fairly dry, contact us to have the cleaned, and be prepared to replace the carpet padding.

If you do these things, you will minimize your risk of your rugs developing mold. This is important, because of the effect that mold can have on a person. Some people experience allergy-like symptoms when exposed to mold, while others may have more severe reactions. Some people are more sensitive to mold, or have conditions that make them more susceptible to it. So take steps immediately to prevent the mold; once it grows it is hard to get rid of.

Got Area Rugs? Learn How To Clean ‘Em

When you have a type of flooring that is cold under your toes in the winter, area rugs are really an invaluable asset. However, it can be a pain keeping them clean. Learn about the best way to keep your area rugs looking like new with these rug cleaning tips Orlando homeowners can trust.

What You’ll Need

  • vacuum
  • vinegar
  • water
  • white towel

How-To Tips: The Proper Rug Cleaning Orlando Trusts

The following tips and suggestions will help you maintain clean area rugs as well as protect your investment.

  • Once a month, flip your area rug over and vacuum the back side. While this may sound strange, it will help to prevent dirt and grime from getting imbedded in the fibers of your carpet. Vacuum with the rotating brush to help loosen the dirt trapped in the rug. When you flip the rug over, vacuum the top with the rotating brush to pick up the loosened dirt without damaging the fibers.
  • Don’t vacuum the tassels. You’ll only end up damaging them. A light shake and a hand fluff is more than enough.
  • Before you use any carpet shampoos or sprays on your area rug, spot test in an inconspicuous area with a white cloth. This is to make sure that the cleaner doesn’t damage the fibers or color of your rug. If you find that the cleaner is safe to use, go ahead. Just make sure that you completely rinse the cleaner out. If you don’t, any residual soap in the carpet fibers will attract dirt. Very soon, you’ll notice your carpet will look dirtier than you ever thought possible.
  • Clean up spills as soon as they happen to prevent stains. If there are any loose particles, scrape them up carefully to avoid pulling up fibers. Then, blot the spill with a clean and dry white cloth to soak up the liquid while also preventing color transfer. Absorb as much liquid as possible by applying pressure and rotating the towel once the side you are working with is saturated.
  • When cleaning spills, make sure that you never rub the spill in a circle. This will end up causing serious damage to your carpet and will significantly shorten its lifespan.
  • If the spill has an odor that you want to remove (this is especially important if you have pets), blot the spill with a mixture of four parts water and one part vinegar on a white towel.

The key with cleaning your area rugs is to be delicate. If you are worried about damaging your priceless rug, consider reaching out to the Orlando carpet cleaning professionals at Persian River Rug Cleaning. These experts have the experience necessary to effectively clean even the most delicate of Oriental rugs. For more information about the best rug cleaning Orlando offers, contact 321.972.8949.