Getting the Most out of Rugs

by Leanne Beliveau 08/18/2019

Hardwoods, tile, and finished concrete make beautiful floor finishes, but to pull your look together, you want texture and the warmth a vintage rug brings. When buying a vintage carpet, here are a few things to which you should pay attention.

Know where it goes

Depending on where the placement, a rug can take a great deal of abuse from foot traffic, pets, moving furniture and the like. If your carpet goes in a high traffic area, look for a sturdy rug to withstand it. On the other hand, if a decorative piece is what you need, don't be afraid of a vintage carpet that shows a little wear.

Know what to look for

In general, pay attention to these areas:

Fraying: Handmade, woven rugs might unravel when frayed edges and loose fringes catch or pull. Look for tight binding. Avoid loose fringes or hems and make sure the backing remains attached.

Knots: Depending on its style, technique, origin, and age, the knots in vintage rugs might range from far-apart and loose to close and tight. In general, the tighter the knot, and the closer together or more knots per square inch, the higher grade and quality the rug. Look on the backside to see the knotting. If knots appear too loose or knap is missing, the carpet may not withstand a high traffic area or the rigors of a vacuum cleaner.

Vintage rugs typically show wear and imperfections unless it came from years of protective storage. Uneven piling, worn patches, discoloration, and even slight stains add to the vintage charm and reveal its storied past.

Know how to care for it

That antique blend of dust and years of household odors might seem more apparent when you get your vintage purchase home. Before you do anything else, air your rug out of doors to get rid of most of the musty odor. Gently beat your rug with a rug beater or broom to remove surface dust.

Recheck the rug for any loose knots and tighten them. Look for any frayed areas that you missed (or determined were minor) and tighten them by hand.

If your rug’s odor persists, enlist the help of a professional rug cleaning service to have it dry cleaned.

About the Author
Author

Leanne Beliveau

 

Enthusiasm, knowledge, and transparency are my aim when working with sellers and buyers. I am fortunate to be working as part of a team (The Bitt and Beliveau Team) with Bob Bittelari, who has 30 plus years experience in the business. It truly is an honor to have the support system that Berkshire Hathaway Commonwealth, and this partnership, provides. They are equally delighted to be working with someone like me who is attentive to her client’s needs and wants, has unlimited energy and the desire to get the job done in a proficient, prompt, and professional manner. I know our community, schools, and resources, especially those in Brighton where I was a resident for 10 years. I am passionate about finding buyers the right homes for them where they will build many wonderful memories. 

I obtained a BS in psychology from Endicott College, as well as an MA in psychology from Brandeis University. I have outstanding people skills, am goal oriented and I pride myself on exceptional communication. I have been a competitive gymnast and gymnastics judge and it is my goal to bring the organization and caring as a nanny and the focus as a gymnast to my real estate career. I also have a three year old daughter Bellamy, who is cute, but fast.