Oriental rugs require special care for moving and storing in order to preserve their condition. The information below details how to prepare for your oriental rug for moving and storing.
A high-value oriental rug should be appraised by a qualified individual prior to moving. Fees vary widely from area to area. Appraisers charge either an hourly rate or a flat fee for services performed. You can find a quality Oriental rug appraiser through the American Society of Appraisers.
Prior to moving your oriental rug, it’s important to have it cleaned by a professional cleaner. This way, you will know that your rug is in its best condition before it is moved. After your rug is cleaned, we suggest that you take pictures so that you have record of the its condition prior to moving. In order to prevent damage from moths, rugs should be sprayed a fabric-safe moth spray.
Preparing Your Oriental Rugs for Moving
Finely knotted rugs, goat hair or wool rugs, silk rugs and antique rugs must always be rolled (not folded) when moving and storing. If you don’t roll them, they may become creased or, worse, warped beyond repair.
Oriental rugs should be rolled so that they are tight enough to hold, but loose enough that there are no creases. Prior to rolling, make sure the rug is on a flat surface, with any creases smoothed out. Most rugs should be rolled pile (pretty side) up, but really thick rugs may have to be rolled pile down to avoid strain on the weave foundation. Start rolling at the end of the rug where weaving began –you can tell which end it is by the direction of the pile. Rugs should be rolled tightly and with tension equally distributed. Once the Oriental rug is rolled, it should be tied with string so that it is tight enough to stay together but loose enough to avoid creases. Begin tying in the center and work your way out to the ends in 12-inch intervals.
Once your rug is tied, it should be wrapped it in good quality kraft paper. This will help protect your oriental rug from dust, dirt, etc. At Holman, our packers have been trained on rolling and wrapping rugs in order to ensure your rug is protected at all points during the move.
Moving and Storing Your Oriental Rug
Oriental rugs should always be moved and stored flat so, if you have a lot of rugs, you may need a bigger truck. Avoid “stacking” rugs as that can put enough pressure on the bottom rug to create permanent damage.
Oriental rugs are sensitive to climate, so it is preferable to move them outside of the summer months. That said, for relatively short duration of moving your rug, it should be safe for most moves. Oriental rugs should always be stored in a well-ventilated facility that is clean and free of bugs. Storage temperature should stay between 40 degrees and 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
At Holman, we are experts in moving and storing Oriental Rugs. Contact us for a free special moving services estimate and no obligation to you.