How to take care of your handwoven kilim?

Kilims are considered works of art, but they were designed above all to be used and walked upon. Flat woven kilims are often durable and resistant; you can leave them on the floor without worry. They are also double-sided, which increases their lifespan. If you follow a few common tips, they will stay beautiful for a long time.

What to do before laying down your kilim

For traditional kilims and rugs, we advise you to use an anti-slip mat. This should be cut within the dimensions of the kilim and placed directly on the floor to secure the kilim in place and avoid slips.

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How to regularly clean your kilim

  • The best way to clean kilims is by shaking them and beating them. Shaking and beating removes dirt and dust that can settle in between the fibres and in the tiny crevices where warps meet wefts. If you are not able to shake or beat your kilims, you can vacuum them.
  • While vacuum cleaning, don’t use high suction settings and don’t vacuum the fringe, since with repeated applications some of the fringes may be torn off.
    It is also important to occasionally rotate your kilim 180 degrees. Foot traffic and sun can put extra stress on your kilim.
  • Occasionally rotating your kilim ensures that it will be exposed to the sun’s rays more evenly and any colour muting will be more consistent.
  • Once in a while, have your kilim cleaned professionally by a service specializing in this type of work, but not dry cleaners or general cleaning companies, who often use chemicals that can cause damage.

What to avoid

  • Never wash your kilim in a washing machine! This can cause permanent damage.
  • A kilim’s worst enemies are damp and clothes moths. Your carpet should never be left damp for a long period or stored in a damp or humid environment. While storing, wrap kilim in a cotton sheet or any other natural material that will allow the kilim to “breathe.” Never store your kilim in plastic. Use an area that is exposed to cross ventilation together with using some time-proven moths treatment. Kilims were made to be enjoyed, so never store them for longer than you have to.

What to do as first aid in case of an accident
Since kilims are considered to be used and walked upon, small accident can always happen. An immediate response is the key to preventing stains which may result from an accidental spill.

Our key advice is to:

  • An immediate response is the key to preventing stains which may result from an accidental spill. If there are any solids in the spill, scoop these up with a spoon before blotting to avoid pressing them into the fabric. Then right away blot (soak up) as much of the spilt liquid as possible using absorbent paper towels, towel or a sponge, blotting toward the centre to prevent the stain from spreading.
  • Use the services of professional rug cleaners without delay. Don’t put it off, because once a stain sets in it becomes even harder to remove.

We hope you enjoy your original piece!

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