Carpet Care

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Moroccan Berber tribal carpets are functional pieces designed to warm the home, and to show off the weaver’s skills. They were crafted by people who believed in the power of signs and symbols. Hand spun wool provided both warmth and endurance for nomadic tribes. Moroccan carpets are usually loosely woven, with a much lower knot count than say, Persian rugs. Caring for them should ideally reflect that loose, artisanal nature

Moths are the enemies of Moroccan carpets, and wool rugs and kilims are highly susceptible to moth infestations who like to feed on the lanolin and keratin in wool. Regularly treat your carpet on both sides with a moth killer spray, and keep a careful watch on it to check that moths and bugs have not been brought in with, for instance, old clothes. By routinely inspecting, rotating, airing and cleaning your rug, you will make it uninhabitable for moths. Look on both sides to check for white casings or webbing that will indicate larvae may be present. Vacuum the carpet back and front: regular vacuuming on both sides, is one of the best preventative measures. In particular look at where your rug is under table, sofa or bed: moths head for these undisturbed areas first. Keep your rug clean, and never roll and store a dirty rug, always clean it first. We recommend that you have your rug professionally cleaned every couple of years

Any authentic vintage carpet will have wear, markings or unravelling, and this is quite natural and indicates true age. Any significant damage in your Maroc Tribal carpet will have been made good  before it is sent to you. Further than that, the signs of wear or colour variations are an indication of your carpet’s past life!  All but vintage rugs are likely to shed wool. This usually settles down after about one to two months, and is very common in Moroccan rugs

Most Moroccan carpets benefit from being laid on a rug pad. This protects the carpet, makes it more comfortable to walk on, and maximises grip where it may be prone to slipping.  The sort of rug pad you buy depends on whether you are laying the carpet on hard (stone /wood) or soft floors (fitted carpet). You can usually cut them to the size of your rug, too. A high performance non-slip rug pad for hardwood floors should offer cushioning underfoot while allowing the rug to lay flat. A thickness of about 3mm to 5mm should be about right for a low pile vintage rug, although using a pad that is too thick can cause wrinkling in the carpet. We suggest avoiding wool felt pads, as moths like them, so pick a foam pad with a moisture barrier if possible. We can direct you to places that sell suitable pads

For spot cleaning to remove a spill, you can use a damp cloth and a small amount of gentle detergent. There will come a time when your carpet will need a full clean, and should this be the case, hire the services of a professional cleaner, avoiding the chemicals used in most dry cleaning, which can harm the wool and affect its longevity. If you have outdoor space, you can take your carpet outside, hose it off with water, and let it dry in the warm sun. Or wash it in the bath if you have the space and strength. Do a spot test first, to check that no colours will run. Other than any times when your carpet might be airing or drying outside, keep it out of direct sunlight. Original carpets will drop some carpet dust onto the floor beneath them, but don't be worried about this, it is quite normal

We hand wash Maroc Tribal carpets before they are made available, and each will have had a light spritz of domestic moth treatment