Persian Carpet Cleaning

What is a Persian Carpet?

Persian carpets can transform a space and give it a look of luxury. Persian carpets are also known as Oriental rugs and are made in Iran.

Traditionally, Persian carpets were handwoven by the nomadic tribes that roam across the region of classical Persia. This tradition is embedded into Iran’s culture and art.

They are made from wool, silk, cotton, or a wool-silk blend. The finer the material, such as silk and the longer it will take to weave a rug. Today it’s much more common to find synthetic fibers such as nylon, polyester, or polypropylene in use that will copy the styling of Persian carpets, however an authentic Persian carpets will always utilize natural materials.

What are the factors that affect the price and quality of a Persian rug?

Consider the time spent into weaving a rug, the materials used, the size of the rug, the difficulty or intricacies of design, and the uniqueness of the item.

The method of manufacturing must be accounted for as well. Persian rugs can be completely handwoven, or done mechanically using spinning wheels. If hand woven, Persian rugs can take months or years, depending on the difficulty and size of the rug. As stated, the material used will also affect the pricing and quality. Remember: a handmade rug is a one of a kind item, which guarantees the uniqueness of your purchase.

Persian carpets are handwoven with the help of a loom. The difference between Persian carpets from general manufactured rugs is in the process of creation. Aside from the all-natural materials that Persian carpets use, they also undergo a natural vegetable dyeing process, as opposed to chemicals.

Persian carpets come in different grades depending on the knot count, also known as knot density.

Knot count is the number of hand tied knots within an area of the carpet or rug. In general, the more knots per square inch of the rug, the finer the rug is. The more knots per square inch also means the better the quality of the Persian carpet or rug.

Traditionally, Persian carpet knots uses something called an asymmetrical knot, also known as a Senneh knot. This means that as the material is being woven, the continuation of the weaving process weaves towards the right, as opposed to following the weaving pattern up vertically. This is important, as different methods of weaving will change the classification of your Persian carpet.

The knot count varies depending on where your Persian carpet was made. The common knots per square inch is 120, however this number can be anywhere from 16 – 800.

Professionals can identify whether or not the quality of a Persian carpet is well done by looking at the back of the carpet to see the quality of the individual knots done.

You will know if your Persian carpet is authentic often by checking the backside of it: if it is covered in a plastic material, chances are, it is not a Persian carpet. Remember: the entire carpet is handwoven in one piece, there should be no discontinuation in the structure. The fringe of your carpet/rug should not look like it was sewn or glued on separately.

Persian carpets are stain-resistant, but not stain proof! The level of stain resistance is dependent on the quality of wool that is used. All Persian carpets do well with regular vacuuming.

Getting your Persian rug taken care of by a professional is key to maintaining the integrity and beauty of your investment. All Persian carpets are made with natural materials.

Wool fibre is unique in that it has high levels of absorbency, fire resistance, and anti-static properties. Wool is very porous, and is capable of holding up to 10 times its weight in moisture. 30% of moisture can be stored in wool, and the material can still remain dry to the touch. This is why it’s good not to saturate a Persian carpet in water. If left alone in a drenched state, they will be susceptible to mold and mildew growth.

BRILHO has a selection of Persian carpet services. We help you manage the lifespan and enjoyment of your carpet by catering to common issues that owners come across:

  • Pet excrement stains
  • Food and beverage stains
  • Make up, paint and nail polish stains
  • Odor control
  • Rug repair & restoration
  • Custom sized rug under pads
  • Professional rug moth treatment
  • Rug dyeing
  • Carpet and rug changing

If you are an owner of a Persian carpet/Persian rug/Oriental rug – we can help you out.

Our process of taking care of your rug starts with an inspection to see what kind of stains or damage we are dealing with. All stain based treatments will start with a wash to remove any possibility of interfering residues trapped in the rug.

Our wash involves a gentle pressure spray on both sides of the area rug to push out most of the dirt and debris. After this process, we move to the shampoo phase of the cleaning process.

BRILHO aims to be as eco-friendly as possible with all of its cleaning services. We take care not to utilize harsh chemicals as it may be harmful to your health. It can also damage the materials of the rug or strip away at the dyes.

Utilizing natural cleansers to remove dirt, debris, and oils left from stains or odors, we treat the rug to a second pressure wash. A softener product is then used to rinse your  and get rid of remaining soap residue. This step is important because soap residue can build up, and if left to dry it can leave your rug or carpet feeling stiff and crusty after a deep cleanse.

If you have a rug made with natural fibers, our softeners can help your rug fibers maintain their natural oils and softness.

The final steps in guaranteeing a renewed sense of bounce to the fibres of your rug, we give it a brush over with a fine fibre brush before we leave it to hang and air dry in our facilities.

Consider the time spent into weaving a rug, the materials used, the size of the rug, the difficulty or intricacies of design, and the uniqueness of the item.

The method of manufacturing must be accounted for as well. Persian rugs can be completely handwoven, or done mechanically using spinning wheels. If hand woven, Persian rugs can take months or years, depending on the difficulty and size of the rug. As stated, the material used will also affect the pricing and quality. Remember: a handmade rug is a one of a kind item, which guarantees the uniqueness of your purchase.

Helpful tips on rug care and resiliency

It’s a good idea to have underpads in order to reduce any mechanical stresses that your Persian carpet will undergo. Underpads will offset the friction that occurs between the floor and your rug, and helps to maintain a grip between rug and floor so to keep your rug from slipping out of place and prevent sliding. This is important, as the slipping may bend and crease your rug.

Weekly vacuuming to remove dirt, dust, allergens, hair, dander and other debris is highly recommended. Depending on where your rug is located and how much foot traffic it receives, it may be a good idea to get your rug professionally cleaned as often as once a year.

The rug cleaning process can take between 7-10 business days. Depending on the difficulty of stain or any details that we find we my want to touch up during the cleaning process.

Rug cleaning takes long because although our wash and dry process is very successful, sometimes, stains can be quite stubborn, and it may require us to do a second stain treatment.

Oriental rugs signifies rugs that come from all across the Asiatic region – including India, China, Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and other countries that have a tradition of handwoven rugs and carpets.  Persian rugs are specific to Iran. Depending on the region that you have purchased your rug, the type of knots and knot density will differ as well. Not all Persian rugs are the same. There are different types and categories of Persian rugs and carpets as well.

It’s recommended to clean your area rug once every 1 – 3 years. This is all dependent on where your rug is located and how much foot traffic it receives. On average, most professionals agree on the time frame of every 18 months.

Unfortunately not. Rug cleaning is not something we can do in a residential space. Our rug cleaning process involves the process of dusting and vacuuming to loosen up and get rid of dirt, debris, and any potential dusty microbes.

We rely on using a pressure spray to push out any dust and dirt on both sides of the rug. Depending on stains, we also need access to our soaking station.

Most importantly, the machinery involved with removing the water during the cleaning process is required before we can hang dry your rugs in a well ventilated area without needing to worry about potential moisture damage, odor or mold development.

In most cases, we can remove most stains and odors. Our success rate also depends on your initiative before contacting us as well! Help us help you by blotting out any areas with paper towel. Don’t allow liquids to fully soak into the rug.

The sooner a possible stain is dealt with, the better. Fresh stains are easier to deal with than older stains.

Doing this small step when it comes to pet stains or vomit can make all the difference, as the odors can sink into the rug if left to absorb and dry. The sooner you contact us to help with the cleaning and stain removing process, the better.