Give Your Vintage Rug Some TLC

Give Your Vintage Rug Some TLC

While you may be able to find a synthetic knock-off carpet that has patterns similar to a Turkish rug, there's just no comparison to the real thing. 

Turkish rugs are handmade works of art and should be treated as such. The unique weaving pattern, known as the symmetrical knot, creates a durable and consistent carpet that can last for generations when properly cared for. 

How to Care for Your Turkish Rug 

If you choose to invest in a one-of-a-kind rug, you'll want to give it plenty of TLC to ensure its longevity. Here are instructions for daily maintenance and cleaning from a rug vendor in Cappadocia, located in central Turkey.

These are guidelines for wool-on-wool or wool-on-cotton rugs. We recommend consulting a professional for rugs made from other natural materials and all delicate carpets. 

Daily Care

  • Avoid exposure to moisture, as it will weaken carpet fibers and decrease the piece's durability. If your carpet is kept in a damp environment (i.e., bathroom), it will need frequent airing to dry out, preferably in direct sunlight.
  • Vacuum carpets regularly to protect them from the accumulation of dirt. Dust naturally collects in carpet fibers, so keeping it clean will help preserve it.
  • Turn carpets in high-traffic areas like a hallway or kitchen face-down and walk on several days annually to loosen dust and dirt. 
  • As a note, wool has short fibers that can shed. After frequent vacuuming and use, the loose fibers will eventually decrease. 


We recommend professional cleaning methods, but in the case of spills or accidents, take the following actions to prevent staining.

  • Red Wine: Blot with white wine and then remove with water.
  • Other alcoholic beverages: Lightly dampen the stain with warm water. Remove with 90% isopropyl alcohol. 
  • Chocolate: Dampen a sponge with ammonia and wipe the stain, careful not to spread it.
  • Sugary sweets: Lightly wipe with a sponge and warm water.
  • Mud: Allow to dry well and then vacuum thoroughly.
  • Pet Urine: Gently blot with warm water. If warm water alone does not remove the stain or odor, add 1 cup of warm water and a few tablespoons of white vinegar. Use this mixture on the rug and blot the area in the same manner. Once dry, sprinkle the area generously with baking soda. Let this powder sit for a few minutes, and then vacuum.

It’s important to note you should never apply bleach to your rug when cleaning, as it will damage the fibers and permanently alter the dye colors. 

Find Your Rug at The Elevated Abode

If you're ready to welcome a hand-knotted rug into your home, The Elevated Abode has what you’re looking for. We curate high-quality pieces directly from authentic artisans in Turkey. 

The rug houses we partner with utilize their own wool and organic vegetable dye to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind hand-knotted rugs. 

And while Turkish rugs typically come with a high price tag, we're proud to offer competitive prices on each of these one-of-a-kind pieces. Shop The Elevated Abode to find the perfect rug for your space.

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