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Product Care for Handmade Rugs

The beauty of every handmade rug lies in its unique individuality. After learning about the meticulous craftsmanship of handmade rugs, and a little bit more about the variety of materials used in our collection, here's the last piece of knowledge to help you make your final decision on which is the right rug for you. Product care is incredibly important, especially when it comes to a piece of furniture that gets used daily. Rugs are a foundational piece in the modern home and it's crucial to take good care of preserving your base.

 

Wool

A most reliable material, wool can look new for years to come. But, like any material, it will require a little bit of TLC. We recommend vacuuming regularly and avoiding the use of beater brushes on rugs. If spills occur, remove immediately by blotting any liquid with a clean cloth or a paper napkin. Never soak the rug in any liquid. If loose ends appear, do not pull; simply trim loose ends with scissors. Always be mindful of keeping your rug away from sharp objects, hot surfaces, open fires, or excess moisture. Please note, shedding is common during the initial weeks but will reduce with time and usage. A lint roller is a good tool to keep around. Colors may fade slightly when placed in areas of direct sunlight. Although wool can absorb moisture up to 40% of its weight, it also has a high humidity absorbency, and as a result is not ideal for damp spaces like the outdoors. When not in use, please ensure your rug is clean and dry and store it in a well-ventilated and dry area to avoid damage. Do not fold; roll the rug with the front side inwards. For anything else, we advise consulting a professional. 

 

Rugs made with 65% or more pure New Zealand wool or cashmere wool:

Ezra 65% New Zealand wool, 35% cotton

Giselle 85% New Zealand felted wool, 15% cotton

Sebastian 90% New Zealand felted wool, 10% cotton

Asta 90% New Zealand wool, 10% cotton

Else 80% cashmere wool, 20% cotton backing

Henning 90% wool, 10% cotton

Silja 85% New Zealand felted wool, 15% cotton

Nisse 80% wool, 5% foam, 15% cotton

 

 

 

 

Cotton 

Cotton is another natural material that is strong and stable, and relatively less expensive than our wool counterparts. It's great for holding its shape and does not disfigure easily. Along with incredibly high breathability, moisture absorbency and a fast drying time, the soft fibers allow cotton rugs to be easily washed, making them far easier to maintain. Unfortunately cotton is more prone to felting, especially after going through the wash and tends to attract dirt more easily. The same general care goes for cotton rugs: We advise vacuuming regularly and avoiding the use of beater brushes on rugs. If spills occur, remove immediately by blotting any liquid with a clean cloth or a paper napkin. The great news is that cotton rugs may be placed in the washing machine! Trim any loose ends with scissors rather than tearing or peeling away. Shedding, as with wool, is common during the initial weeks and will reduce with time and usage. Colors may fade slightly when placed in areas of direct sunlight. 

 

Rugs made with 100% cotton: 

Freja 100% cotton

 

Synthetics

The beauty of man-made synthetics is almost unmatchable. They are generally easier to clean than their natural wool counterparts, are wondrously durable, and resist stains and fading. Vacuum regularly as with any rug and avoid using a beater brush to save from obvious damage. If spills occur, remove immediately by blotting any liquid with a clean cloth or a paper napkin and do not soak the rug in any liquid. If loose ends appear do not pull, but trim loose ends with scissors to keep the rug neat. Keep away from sharp objects, hot surfaces, open fires, or excess moisture. Note that shedding is common during the initial weeks and will reduce with time and usage. Colors may fade slightly when placed in areas of direct sunlight. Store clean and dry rugs in a well-ventilated and dry area to avoid damage in storage. As usual, consult a professional for more intense product care. 

 

Rugs made with varying make-up of synthetic material: 

Horacio 80% viscose, 20% cotton

Isla 70% viscose, 20% wool, 10% cotton

 

Sheepskins

Soft and sophisticated, our 100% natural Icelandic sheepskins are pure beauty. They have the ability to warm floors and accent furniture unlike any other and retain a sturdy and long life. Such a delicate material requires professional dry cleaning in the event of accident or stain. For regular care, use a soft hand brush to clean. Note that sheepskins may not lie flat immediately when removed from packaging, but will settle down over time. You may smell slight odours from the sheepskin which are non-hazardous. 

 

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