Storing Your Oriental Rug
Best method for storing your oriental rug?
Follow these tips for storage of your oriental carpet:
- Best to have it washed before storing it. Those who wash, often offer a wrapping service.
- When storing your rug, sprinkle moth flakes over the entire carpet (prevents moths and rodents from finding cozy quarters).
- Wrap your rug in something that breathes – brown paper, a sheet, Tyvex – never plastic!
- Check for moths before wrapping. Never store a rug with any sign of moths. See my article on moth infestation.
- Store the rug in a dry location, where you won’t breathe the moth flakes. It does not need heated storage. I live in Maine and we store rugs in unheated attics and garages.
- Dampness/basements are a rug’s worst enemy. Never lay a carpet, wrapped or unwrapped, directly on a cement floor. Dampness and cement floors cause mold.
- After storing your oriental rug, check it/them every couple of years and add some more flakes.
- Avoid storing unwrapped rugs in commercial storage spaces – one air handling system + one moth-infested rug in another unit = moths in every storage unit.
About the author:
Tad Runge has been buying, selling, washing and repairing vintage oriental rugs in Maine since the 1970s. He is the latest generation of Runges to buy and sell old oriental rugs, a tradition started in the 1880s in New York by his great grandfather, Edward Runge.
His shop, A.E. Runge Oriental Rugs is in Yarmouth, Maine 207-846-9000
Filed under: Proper Rug Storage
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