Wool rugs have different challenges for rug cleaners in virtually every rug. So how does this
affect you as the customer? The easy answer is you need to talk with your rug cleaner about what
the different outcomes could potentially be when your particular rug is cleaned.
We, at Heirloom Rug Cleaning of NC, are happy to discuss your rug with you and what we can
do for your individual rug. We have witnessed rugs that come from the same region overseas and
even from the same facility, however the individual rug dyes look different. The reason for that
is simple, the dyes could come from a different “dye vat”.
We have had multiple rugs come in the shop that have one color say, red, and then in an almost
perfect line have a different color of red for the remainder of the rug. This is what is referred to as an “abrashed” rug. Some rugs have this “abrashing” due to the weaver wanting that
specific look. What the weaver will do is to take a red vegetable dye from one dye vat and then
begin weaving from a different red vegetable dye vat. What it can do is give a completely
different look and feel to the rug. On a personal note, I think an abrashed rug has a very
One of the beautiful aspects and charm of woven rugs are the different amounts of dyes that
are used to manufacture the rug. One interesting trend is “over dying” the rug to give it a richer
look. Basically it means that the rug has been given a second treatment. While it has a very rich
look and feel to it, it can be tricky for a rug cleaner due to the possibility of “dye bleeding”.
Not having the ability to witness the actual making of the rug, there’s no real way of knowing if
it was treated properly. You need to consult with your rug cleaner to talk about the possibilities
of the dyes “transferring” during the cleaning.
If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call and discuss your rug with you. In the
Triangle call 919-869-4956 and in the Triad call 336-267-6614