Care of oriental carpet
Maintain your oriental carpet regularly, but with moderation. It will repay you with longer life and beauty. You can also save yourself, often expensive, repairs.
Above all, despite regular vacuuming, it is the dust that settles in the carpet which is problematic for the Oriental carpet. Over a long period of time, the base fabric may become stiff, cracks may occur.
Avoid shaking the carpet out of the window as the backing fabric may break or knots may shift and tear the edges.
Therefore, if makes sense to clean every three to five years, it dedusts the carpet and maintains the natural material which subsequently shines in new splendor and is noticeably protected.
Count carpet knots
The surest way of counting is by bending back the pile side, i.e. at the opening between the individual woven rows. The exact number of nodes can be determined by the naked eye or with a magnifying glass.
It is harder from the back, because every normal, parallel knot has two visible loops.
Here: two loops make a knot. With staggered knotting the count is made even more difficult since only one loop can be seen and the other can be found in the back.
Conclusion: Knots are counted by opening the pile side by bending back the carpet.
How to recognise pure silk
The quickest and most secure way is by a burn test. A pile of thread is removed and set alight. Normally, where there is a horny smell (like burned hair) we are dealing with a silk carpet. If the thread burns in a flash and there is a smell of wood with ash, it is artificial silk.
Silk is found exclusively in high-quality oriental rugs. Hand knotted rugs with artificial silk or synthetic silk are considered by connoisseurs to be inferior. They are cheap imitations and actually not worthy of the hours spen on them. They appear more valuable than they are.
Professional restoration of a damaged carpet
Restoration or Restauration is a word of French origin. The word "restaurer" means renewing or restoring. It refers to the technically correct and extremely accurate reprocessing of art objects of any kind. In contrast to a repair, after a restoration, the damage is no longer visible. Thus, the object must not be allowed to view any value-reducing damage even when viewed critically. For carpets, it is therefore a prerequisite that as far as possible only original materials are used.
When selecting restorers, you should be very critical and preferably obtain accurate information about the skills of the expert in advance, because poorly executed restorations can do more harm than good for the work.