So as you invest in your handwoven wool rug and enjoy its amazing benefits, it will be a whole nother experience to see it age to a graceful patina, and that means maintenance.
Regular vacuuming is vital, but your flatweave rugs would fancy some fresh air and a regular shake-out now and then. And if you rotate them 180 degrees once a year, they will age evenly and have a longer life.
Always choose wool because it is durable and easy to clean. Don’t forget that rug pads are crucial for wool rugs on hardwood floors for backing. High traffic areas such as hallways and family rooms would benefit from them.
If you are very concerned about stains, though wool rugs are easily spot cleaned, you can always choose detailed patterns or misty colors, but never go for synthetic fibers. Synthetic rugs are made with toxic, high-impact dyes to color the fibers, so if you have babies or kids, it would always be the smart choice to go with natural fibers and dyes.
And while low piles work best in high traffic areas, we’d recommend going for high piles for your bedroom to reach maximum softness as you go to bed or for when you wake up. Bedrooms can be considered as low traffic areas, so you also have the chance to choose wool blends for softer feels.
Wool and viscose blend tufted rugs are a good option for a plush feel. Tufted rugs are easy to clean - just vacuuming is enough. If you decide to buy a wool and viscose blend, viscose is not a petroleum-based fiber such as synthetic fibers, but a plant-based one, so it is biodegradable. Tufted rugs are more on the eco-friendly and budget side of soft rugs.
Regardless of their material, if you ever need to store your fancy rugs, the way to go is to thoroughly clean them, add cedar balls to protect them from moths and insects before tightly rolling and wrapping them in a protective, breathable fabric. Don’t forget that rugs should always be rolled, never folded to prevent creasing and cracking. They should always be stored in cool, dry environments and be unrolled every few months to check for potential damage.