Many home decorators bring home
exotic rugs that are made to last a generation or more. This gives them the false belief that the rug is durable and can handle the wear and tear of the daily suburban family home. This is a myth. These rugs last because they are not cleaned with harsh cleaners and detergents that break the fibers.
Vacuuming exotic rugs can destroy them. The fibers are hand spun, and are looser than machine spun threads. Vacuum cleaners and rug shampooers can easily remove thousands of fibers, destroying the rug's integrity within a matter of seconds.
Hand tied rugs are notorious for their fragile state. Persian rugs cannot tolerate any vacuuming. They need to be carefully, and gently brushed. A soft bristled brush used in the direction of the fibers will protect the rug.
There are some basics that home decorators need to understand before buying an exotic rug. First, do not buy the rug from a tourist trap, or at the vendors down the road from your hotel. These rugs will probably be factory made knock-offs.
Exotic rugs are expensive. It can take five to ten years, and $10 000 to export a room sized Persian rug. It is disheartening to finally receive your rug and find that your treasure is exactly like twenty others for sale at a local exotic
Do not use baking soda or other coarse products to clean or prevent odors. These products will break fibers, especially if the rug is on the ground and the product is ground into the rug.
Placement is the most important considerations for protecting an exotic rug. Never place the rug in the sunlight. There is no Scotch Guard protection, IUV protection, and no mold coating on exotic rugs, things that are standard on commercial rugs. Exotic rugs should not be placed on damp surfaces or in places where mold grows, and never walk on exotic rugs with bare feet.