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The Pros and Cons of Silk Persian Rugs

Silk rugs are among most beautiful and collectible of rugs. They can be a good choice to make, provided they do not have to bear heavy foot traffic, and you have the budget to buy one of them. They can transform just about any room. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of silk rugs.

Pros

  1. Appearance

Silk Persian rugs are among the most beautiful of all rugs. Much of the reason for this has to do with the fiber itself. Silk really is one of the strongest of fibers. And it is this strength that allows weavers to make such intricate designs using silk, with knot counts that can be three to four times as high as those of other rugs.

And, again, because of the strength of the fiber, these rugs are generally thinner than other rugs, more flexible, and more colorful. They are the most valued of all rugs.

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Tree of Life Persian Qum silk rug.

Another quality of silk is the way it reflects light, a property that gives it a real luster or sheen. Silk is a great reflector, so much so, in fact, that as you walk around a silk rug, it can look lighter or darker in spots, depending on how the fibers lie.

  1. Craftsmanship

Because there are many more knots per square inch, and the patterns and designs on silk rugs are much more intricate, they require more skilled weavers working together to make one.

  1. Durability

Because silk fiber is so strong, silk rugs do not usually lose their shape, as sometimes happens with wool rugs. They also do not disintegrate with age as a cotton rug may (cotton is used for the foundation of wool rugs), and so silk rugs last much longer than other types of rugs.

Cons

  1. Expense

Because of the time and work involved and the quality of the material, silk rugs can be three to four times the price of other Persian rugs. Some of the most expensive rugs sold at public auctions have been silk.

  1. Cleaning

As you can imagine, these valuable rugs need to be cleaned carefully – only by a professional who really knows what he or she is doing. They are not the easiest rugs to clean. In fact, rug experts recommend that you establish a maintenance schedule for the rug as soon as you buy it.

  1. Fraud

You have to be careful when buying silk rugs. Some unscrupulous dealers, mostly overseas, will pass off artificial silk rugs as the real thing. So, do your research, and make sure you are working with a reputable dealer when buying your silk rug. In fact, some rug experts discourage people from buying silk rugs outside the country.

These silk knockoffs are made with synthetic fibers, such as rayon. They have a feel that is similar to silk, but often when cleaning these rugs, their colors run profusely.

If you have silk Persian or Oriental rug and need it cleaned, contact the cleaning professionals at Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas.  Give us a call at 972-447-9600 for an appointment.

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