Babies and Persian Rugs: Growing Old Together


Want to give a newborn a gift that will last his lifetime, one that he can enjoy as a babe learning to crawl, then walk, then run? One on which he can get married, baptize his own children, celebrate anniversaries, Christmases, and on and on?

Consider purchasing a Persian rug for the baby.

These rugs are so beautiful, can prove to be so valuable and are so durable, the baby and the rug can grow “old” together. (In fact, the rug likely will outlive the baby; the grown child can pass it along to his children and grandchildren).

To make sure the Persian or Oriental rug stays in great shape throughout the young person’s life, read below for some tips on how to care for it.


Wouldn’t it be great to see this little one pass along a Persian rug to his children and grandchildren? It’s highly probably, so long as you take care of the rug properly.

Vacuum the rug regularly. Doing so removes ground in dirt and grit and helps keep the rug healthy. When vacuuming, do so in the direction of the pile. (Not sure in which direction the pile goes? Move your hands across the rug from end to end.  The direction that feels smooth is the direction of the pile.) You’ll need to be careful when vacuuming near the fringe so that it won’t get caught in the vacuum’s suction.

If your baby is crawling and/or still in diapers and the rug is located where he will crawl over it repeatedly, it might be wise to store it for a short time, to cut down on the chance of diaper accidents. To store the rug, first clean it, spray it with insect ide and then wrap it in synthetic paper (such as Tyvek® building paper) or in protective plastic. Don’t use brown wrapping paper or newsprint because they are too acidic and don’t protect the rug from bugs and moisture. Don’t stand the rug on one end and don’t place it on a cement floor. Lay it on a long table or cabinet. Make sure the storage area is dry and well-ventilated.

Rotate your rug at least once a year.  Doing so helps keep walking (and baby-crawling) wear patterns to a minimum. If one part of the rug is exposed to direct sunlight, it’s wise to rotate the rug quarterly. In fact, it’s best if you keep the rug from direct sunlight at all times.

Have the rug professional cleaned every three to five years. The more use your rug gets, opt for the more frequent cleaning schedule.

If you have a Persian or Oriental rug that needs a good, professional cleaning (we clean all rugs by hand), contact the experts at Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas.  Give us a call at 972-447-9600.

Photo courtesy David Castillo Dominici/