How to Store Your Oriental Rugs

Many of the restoration projects that come our way are caused by improper storage of rugs and kilims.  Often, a little care taken before placing rugs in storage can go a long way to help preserve them and fight off the most threatening of creatures for a rug - the hungry moth.  At the outset, though, it must be said that the best way to store a rug is not to store it at all.  That is, a rug often is best cared for when it is used out in the open where it can benefit from mild sunlight and cross ventilation.  But if storing a rug is absolutely necessary, there are important steps that should be taken.  First, have your rug or kilim professionally cleaned.  A clean rug is not as appetizing to moths as a dirty rug.  Second, store your rug away from all other soiled woolen projects, including other rugs if possible.  Third, do not store a rug in a plastic wrapping of any kind.  If you must wrap your rug, use a cotton blanket that allows the rug to breathe.  Or, if possible, store your rug without any wrapping at all.  Fourth, store your rug in a well ventilated space that receives some sunlight.  If possible, use a cedar closet or cedar planks to help minimize moth damage.  Lastly, be diligent about periodically examining your rugs in storage.  Every few months, take the rugs out to let them breathe and conduct a thorough inspection for any signs of moth damage.  If you spot any signs, have the rug cleaned immediately before further damage is done.  Following these simple steps will help you provide a safe storage environment for your rugs and kilims.