How to Properly Store Your Persian Rug

As beautiful as your Persian rug is, there will be one or more times that you decide it’s 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 to make sure they do not have moth eggs, dust and micro dirt in the pile of the rug. Avoid spots in which the rug will experience major swings in temperature as well as in humidity levels. Don’t place it in a spot where there is no air flow or natural light (so your attic, basement and non-climate-controled storage units are out).
  2. Next step is finding/selecting a proper storage area. Shoving the rug in a handy closet or even in a cranny in your basement or garage isn’t good enough for this woven work of art.  Damp and dank spots are never a good idea for storage of rugs, 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.
  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.  Also don’t place it in a spot where there is no air flow or natural light (so your attic, basement and non-climate-controlled storage units are out).
  4. It’s 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 isn’t 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 then fold it soft and don’t 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 and then cover the rolled rug with it to protect the rug from insects, dust and even light. If you don’t 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 don’t 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.
  • Check your rug periodically once every year or so to make sure it hasn’t become damp if it is being stored and wrapped.  If the wrapping has gotten damp remove the cloth, check if the rug has gotten wet, and damaged. If the rug is wet it is best to call a professional to wash and dry your rug at this point. But if just the cover has gotten damp- launder the cloth and/ or change them then re- wrap your rug.  While the rug is open you can air it out in the sun.  Always check for color fastness before putting your rug in the sun, some Chinese rugs with pastel colors fade in the sun so please watch your rug.

If you’re 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.