When properly cared for, fine handmade rugs will last a lifetime. But redecorating, downsizing or other life changes might leave you wanting to replace your rug. At Pera Rug we offer trade-in credit on almost any quality handmade rug when purchasing a new rug from our stock. Simply ask a sales associate about our trade-in program.
Our handmade rugs are made from natural materials like wool and silk and sometimes include cotton. In most Persian rugs, the pile is of sheep’s wool. Its characteristics and quality can vary from one region to the next. The characteristics of the wool will depend on the breed of sheep, climatic conditions, how they’re pastured, and the particular customs relating to when and how the wool is sheared and processed. Higher grades of Persian wool rugs are made from Kurk wool which is highly prized for its unique properties and only grows on the back of sheep’s neck.
The traditional dyes used for these rugs come mostly from plants. These natural plant based dyes are applied to the yarns, which remain in the dyeing solution for a defined period of time. Then the yarns are left to dry in the open air and sunlight. These natural procedures take more time to finish. But they prevent allergic reactions that can result from synthetic dyes and methods.
The craft of weaving a pile rug is a time-consuming process which, depending on the quality and size of the rug, may take anywhere from a few months to several years to complete. That is why Persian handmade carpets and rugs are made to be washable. They are made of natural materials that respond to gentle natural cleaning solutions. So you can wash them again and again. Cleaning a machine-made rug can require harsher solutions and the machine construction tends to be less durable. Cleaning machine a made rug tends to shorten its life each time you clean them. But properly cleaning handmade rugs rejuvenates them, making them fresh again and extends their life.
Purchasing a quality handmade rug can be a kind of investment. Historically, quality handmade rugs that are properly cared for have tended to increase in value through the years.