How to Properly Store Your Persian Rug

As beautiful as your Persian rug is, there will be times when you decide that it may be best to store your rug for a few days, weeks, months, or even years.

To make sure that your rug stays beautiful and free from moths or other hidden dangers, read the rug storing tips below.

  1. Your first step is to have your rugs hand washed and dusted by a professional Persian rug cleaner. This will be to make sure they do not have moth eggs, dust, and micro dirt in the pile of the rug.  Avoid storage in areas in which the rug will experience major swings in temperature as well as in humidity levels. Do not place it in an area where there is no air flow or natural light (so your attic, basement and non-climate-controlled storage units are out).
  2. The next step is finding and selecting a proper storage area. Shoving the rug in a handy closet or even in a cranny in your basement or garage is not good enough for this woven work of art.  Damp and dank spots are never a good idea for storage of rugs, so we suggest a climate controlled area- a cedar closet if it is possible. Otherwise, an elevated area away from the floor in a guest bedroom is another option.
  3. A storage facility or attic that is not climate controlled will have summer high and winter low temperatures, which will damage your rug.  Avoid spots in which the rug will experience major swings in humidity levels.  Additionally, do not place it in a spot where there is no air flow or natural light (again, your attic, basement and non-climate-controlled storage units are out).
  4. It is actually best to store your Persian rug right on the floor (but not on a concrete floor; concrete sometimes allows moisture to leach into the rug’s fibers). If possible, lay your rug on a table or shelf, placing a layer of cotton fabric between the rug and the table/shelf in order to keep the rug from soaking up the acids found in wood. The fabric usually is not absolutely necessary, unless you’ll be storing the rug for more than year.

 Persian rugs are precious should be stored as carefully as possible: rolled over a sturdy cardboard tube and covered with a muslin cloth.

Rolling a Persian Rug

  • You could fold your rugs, but if you do so, fold it soft and do not keep it folded long because the folds could cause creases.
  • Find a cardboard tube that is longer than the rug is wide and use it to roll the rug up. If the rug’s foundation is strong enough, roll the rug with the pile in, otherwise, roll it up with the pile facing out (and the foundation facing in.
  • Find a piece of muslin, then cover the rolled rug with it to protect the rug from insects, dust, and direct light. If you do not have muslin, use an old bed sheet. Make sure the muslin/sheet is wide enough to cover the entire width of the rolled rug and tuck it into the ends of the tube – you do not want any part of the rug exposed.
  • Make sure the wrapping can be secured with wide ties and tuck the edges of the material into the ends of the tube.
  • If your rug is being stored or wrapped, check your rug periodically, once every year or so, to make sure it has not become damp.  If the wrapping has become damp, remove the cloth, and check if the rug has also become wet or damaged. If the rug is wet, it is best to call a professional to wash and dry your rug at this point. However, if only the cover has become damp, launder the cloth and/or change the cloth, then re- wrap your rug.  While the rug is out in the open, you can air it out in the sun.  Always check for color fastness before putting your rug in the sun. For example, some Chinese rugs with pastel colors fade in the sun. Please, watch your rug.

If you are worried that you may not store your Persian rug properly, contact us here at Behnam Rugs. We can roll the rug for you or even store it here in our Dallas showroom. Give us a call at 972-733-0400.

Last Updated: 20 July 2017