Carpet Knowledge

The construction of a rug makes all the difference in terms of look, texture, quality and durability. Hand-knotted rugs tend to be higher in quality because of the intensive labor required. Weavers tie individual knots to the vertical (warp) yarns that run the length of the rug. These knots create the surface, or pile, of the rug. Generally speaking, the more knots per square inch, the more durable and valuable the rug. Rugs come in a variety of densities, ranging from up to 30 knots per inch (very coarse) to 290 knots per inch (very fine). Finely knotted or finely woven rugs are usually the most desirable. Hand-knotted rugs have a fringe on the ends and do not have any sort of backing on them. Created by artisans, no two hand-knotted rugs are the same. Their individuality and uniqueness make them extremely appealing. If used with care, a hand knotted rug can become a family heirloom and last for generations.


  • If you live in a climate where humidity is high during some part of the year, make sure that there is some way to circulate the air to avoid mildew problems - even a fan will help. Consider using a dehumidifier to bring humidity down to a more moderate level.
  • If you live in a climate where humidity is low during some part of the year, consider raising the level of humidity slightly with a humidifier.
  • Block sunlight with shades or blinds.
  • Have a housekeeping plan for your storage area(s) because dust and dirt attract insects.
  • Avoid storing rugs directly on the floor; carpet beetles in particular like to take up residence between the floor and the back of your rug.


  • Sweep your hard surface floors often. This helps keep the dirt at bay that would eventually get caught deep in the rug’s fibers.
  • Vacuum the rug at least once per week to prevent dirt from being ground into the pile. Vacuum the back of the rug every other month.
  • A good quality vacuum is important to provide cleanliness and helps to prevent the presence of dust mites, moths and carpet beetles. Look for a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
  • Change your air conditioner and furnace filters often to reduce the amount of dust in the air.
  • Leave shoes at the door. Shoes drag in the outdoor elements and help to crush down the fibers of the carpet faster.