Anthony Armenio

Taking care of your Oriental rug is instrumental in preserving its quality. We'd covered this topic previously, detailing how exactly you can clean your rug to ensure its framework never becomes sullied. This week we're the time to offer a quick explanation on a different approach with preserving your rug: how to store it. 


Why Store Your Rug?


There can be several reasons for storing your rug, but none that may initially stand out. For starters, we've constantly touted that an Oriental rug in any of its forms can act as a subtle, or prominent, centerpiece for any environment it decorates. Despite this, unexpected factors can pop up at any time when it comes to an element of Interior Design. Maybe you're having friends over that are bringing pets or their kids and you don't want to risk a potential mess. Perhaps you're moving out of your home and need a safe way to transport your rug(s). There's many other potential reasons, but the point is that this may be a route you have to cross over.


How to Store Your Rug


In order to accomplish storing rug, let's make note of something right away: you can't simply toss your Oriental rug into a closet, attic, basement, or wherever you store items not currently in use. There's several factors that come into play in order to retain your rug's pristine anatomy:


1. Fold your Rug


First and foremost, you need to know how to fold up your rug. We don't mean simply folding one half of the rug onto the other--no, we mean compacting your rug altogether in order to reduce the accumulation of dust or dirt. Luckily, we have you covered in an easy to follow, step-by-step guide on how to fold your Oriental rug.


Folded Oriental Rug


2. Where to Store your Rug


If you've followed each step, you're ready to take your next steps. This is where the specifics come into play pertaining to storing your rug. Once your rug is folded, you need to plan our where you're going to store your rug. You should consider the following:

  • If your home has a large amount of humidity, find a room with proper airflow.
    • This was allow the rug's fibers to breath and prevent the formation of mildew.
    • On the opposite side of this, if your has almost no humidity at all, a humidifier is highly recommended for the room you choose for the rug.
  • Have the room for storage have optional light. In other words, a room that has the option to circumvent light.
    • IE, a room with shades, blinds, curtains
  • Do not use an attic or a basement
    • This rooms are commonly used for storage, but they're not utilized for much outside of that.
  • Ensure the space is devoid of potential vermin and high dirt accumulation
    • Vermin: Rats, Mice, Moths
      • Moths are immensely dangerous to a rug. This is due to their Wool composition. Moths are attracted to wool, and thus can cause a heavy amount of damage. Take proper precautions to counter this.

    Once all of this is said and done, you're ready to store your rug.


    3. Storing your Rug


    From here, the process is straightforward and likewise crucial. Taking the proper steps to ensure the area you're storing your rug is the crux of this process. Once all is said and done, you're ready to store your rug.

    You can't simply leave your rug in the space you're now keeping it. Ensuring the space itself isn't dangerous for the rug's constitution is only the first step. You need to make sure that the space is maintained and constantly safe for the rug. 

    Some tips include:

    • Check the room every few days to ensure nothing has happened, such as a rodent somehow getting into its confines
    • Vacuum or sweet the area your rug is being stored every few weeks
    • Line the room with some sort of insulation that helps prevent the accumulation of dirt or dust


    Congratulations! You're now safe to store your rug without a single problem. We hope this informative piece aids you in whatever situation that requires this course of action. As always, cheers, and until next time!