[Featured Project: Above, the great room in a Southold, Long Island home by Emma Montgomery Design features a vintage Kilim from the Rug & Kilim collection. Photo courtesy of Zack DeZon, as featured in Northforker.]
Traditional Kilims & flatweaves are floor coverings with a pile-less constitution (or “zero pile” as some in our field say). These are woven with a special technique that not only makes them more durable but also easier to maintain. The finer body of most kilims won’t accumulate dirt and dust as easily or often as a pile rug, which reduces the frequency of between cleaning sessions. Still, it’s important to know how to care for these to maintain their longevity — it’s easier than you think!
With Kilims in particular, it’s important to be more gentle with these kinds of weaves, and here are some tips to help care for Kilim and flatweave rugs as best as you can:
Above are before (left) and after (right) pictures from a recent Rug & Kilim cleaning, where a vintage Kilim was treated for oil stains, color run and fiber damage with great success.
A professional, in-depth white glove cleaning by a student of Kilims is always the best, but cleaning any rug regularly makes a big difference in its longevity. Preventative care is always the best way to care for handmade rugs and textiles before, and after, cleaning needs arise.
Need a professional rug cleaning? At Rug & Kilim, we employ a library of techniques to clean every piece with white glove service at every step. With more than 43 years of hands-on experience, Principal Josh Nazmiyal and his lead, Wilson Ojeda, offer the most informed high-end rug care.