Our Tibetan carpets are woven from pure Tibetan Sheep Wool and New Zealand sheep wool. Both types of wool are pure and natural. Tibetan sheep produce a distinctive thick fleece that has long staple, high tensile strength and is highly rich in lanolin and natural wool wax. These natural preservatives make Tibetan Rugs very durable and "long lasting" while naturally enhancing the colours and dyes with age. The high lanolin content acts as a natural anti-staining agent and the long fibres allow the dyes to permeate deeply thus preventing the rug from fading.
Rugs made from Tibetan sheep wool mature beautifully over time and can last for generations. See About our rugs for more information. To ensure that your rug retains its fine appearance please use the following tips as a guide for caring for your rug.
General tips for maintaining your rug
- Tibetan rugs naturally repel dust, spillages, pet hair and so on to the surface of the rug. Vacuuming your carpet on a regular basis is highly recommended to prevent a build up of dirt and soil penetrating into your rug.
- Regular sweeping will remove loose soil and enhance your rugs sheen.
- Our carpets should be washed in accordance to their use and traffic exposure. Make a solution of warm water and use a mild liquid laundry detergent. Do not use bleach or dishwashing detergent and avoid using chemical based solutions. Also ensure that the rug is dried in a reasonable time frame. Rugs should be washed every 2 to 3 years.
- Cleaning your rug with a wet and dry vacuum cleaner is also recommended.
- Having your rug professionally cleaned is also recommended.
- Reverse and rotate braided rugs because they will soil. This process will prolong your rugs life by evenly distributing traffic. Rotating your rug may also equalise exposure from sunlight.
- Try and keep your rug in a dry environment. Prolonged dampness could rot the fibres of your rug.
Basic cleaning steps for food and beverage stain removal
- If a spillage occurs we recommend that it be cleaned as quickly as possible to avoid permanent staining.
- If a spillage occurs, blot the area with a clean white cloth or white paper towel to remove any moisture. Do not rub the spillage into your rug. Use warm water to clean a spillage and blot the area with a cloth to remove any access moisture. A mild liquid laundry detergent can mixed into warm water if necessary.
- Avoid getting the carpet too wet. You may have to repeat the above steps several times depending on the nature of the spillage.
- Brush or vacuum the rug once it has dried to restore its sheen.
- If the spillage is large, use a wet and dry vacuum cleaner.
Things to Avoid
- Shaking or beating your rug. This treatment may damage your rug.
- Leaving your carpet rolled up in a moist environment to prevent mould.
- Exposure to direct sunlight for prolonged periods to prevent fading.
- Exposure to fumes.
- Do not use chemical based solutions to clean your carpet.