Buying A Silk Rug?

With their intricate designs, tight weave, vivid colors and lovely lush feel, silk rugs are true works of art. In fact, most people who buy these fabulous creations use them to adorn their walls rather than their floors. Here are a few things you should know if you are considering buying a silk rug.

Features Of A Silk Rug

The first thing that will strike you when you look at a silk rug is its high sheen. Silk fibers are naturally lustrous and rugs make of this material look have the most amazing sheen.

Because silk is an expensive material to create rugs from, it is not as widely used as wool, but the weavers who do work with silk go to great lengths to make sure that their creations are nothing less than magnificent. Compare any wool rug with a silk rug and you will see the difference. In silk rugs, the knots are tighter and the knot count is higher. If you run your hand lightly across the surface of the rug, it will feel lush, luxurious and silky smooth.

Buying A Silk Rug?

How To Know If It’s A Genuine Silk Rug

Genuine silk rugs can be quite expensive. Unfortunately, you may pay a high price for a good-looking rug only to find years later that it is not actually a silk rug at all. To prevent this from happening, these are a few things you must look carefully at to determine whether or not what you are looking at is a genuine silk rug.

  • Check the weave and knot count – Silk rugs are always tightly woven with a high word count. There are no exceptions. Pay careful attention to the knot count. If it is more than 500 KPSI, it is more likely to be a genuine silk rug. If it is anything less than that, it is more likely to be made of artificial silk.
  • Does it have a short pile? – Silk rugs are tightly clipped and have a short pile. This helps to protect the delicate silk fibers and it also works to highlight the intricate patterns and details.
  • Take a closer look at the fringe – A silk rug should have a silk fringe that extends naturally from the body of the rug. If the fringe is not silk or if it looks like a separate piece attached to the body of the rug, it is most likely not a silk rug.

How To Test A Real Silk Persian Rug

There are several different techniques that can be used to test whether a rug is made of genuine silk. However, you have to be careful as some of these techniques may damage the fibers. Moreover, these tests are not completely foolproof.

Test 1 – Rub the fibers vigorously with your open palm. If it starts to feel warm, it is real silk. If it feels cool, it is made of artificial material.

Test 2- Cut and burn a single fiber. Genuine silk will smell like burning hair whereas artificial silk smells of burning paper.

Silk Rug Cleaning Do’s And Don’ts

Once you’ve identified and bought your silk rug, you must take great care to look after it to protect your investment. These few do’s and don’ts will help:

      • Do vacuum lightly at least once a week to prevent accumulation of debris and dust.
      • Don’t use the brush roll setting on the vacuum as it can damage the fibers.
      • Do set the vacuum on low to prevent excessive pressure on the fibers.
      • Do get your silk rug professionally cleaned regularly.