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Moth proofing, a compulsory process for all rugs wishing to last
Moth proofing, a compulsory process for all rugs wishing to last

Moths are commonly referred to as insects whose larvae feed on animal hairs and other fabrics. Depending on the climate and whether or not the rug is under heavy use, moths can be expected to be found in a matter of time when one owns a rug. Moths have a variety of different breeds as do most insects and animals. The most malevolent of these breeds to rugs are the; Trichophaga tapetzella (the carpet moth or tapestry moth) and the Monopis crocicapitella (pale-backed clothes moth).

Early 17th century Safavid carpet Central Persia
Early 17th century Safavid carpet Central Persia

Famous Safavid carpet from Central Persia sold at a huge amount at Sothbey's London.

Colour bleeding, one of the most perturbing forms of rug damage and how to avoid it
Colour bleeding, one of the most perturbing forms of rug damage and how to avoid it

As now majorly apprehended amongst the worldwide population, handmade rugs are not only social statements but pieces of traditional or modern art composing of intricate weaving systems and in many cases historical sought after methods of wool, cotton and silk dying; using only natural and organic components bestowed upon us by mother nature to receive the desired colour and to incorporate it into the weaving system mentioned, thus producing something beautiful to behold.

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