As a person, you want the finer things in life. That’s totally normal. But as a Milwaukee parent, you may have that ever-present question looming in your mind: What will the kids do to it? For antique furniture, a smartphone, your grandmother’s heirloom china and those imported chocolates you’ve been sneaking – your fears may be well-founded. But if the item looming in your mind is an Oriental rug, you’re in luck! Because, with a little know-how when shopping, you could have an Oriental area rug that will be both elegant and sturdy enough for daily foot traffic.
Many Oriental rugs, including Persian rugs, are intended to be used. Good news, right? So, as a parent, what should you look for if you’re hoping to bring home an Oriental carpet?
First, look for a carpet made of wool – not silk. Wool is a much stronger fiber and holds up better than silk or even cotton. And ask about the knotting. Here, you want a good tight weave. The more knots per square inch, the more expensive the rug. However, a higher kpi will also typically make your rug more durable and it’s a general mark of a quality carpet. That’s a total win-win for you as a parent with desire for a luxury or two. High quality and high durability!
Educated shopping for the right carpet will make a difference, but you need a little common-sense when you bring it home, too.
- Teach little ones to keep their food and beverages away from your new rug.
- Wool is naturally stain-resistant, but you will want to deal with dirt regularly and with stains immediately. Regular vacuuming will handle the day-to-day loose dirt that’s tracked in. But with wet stains, you’ll want to carefully blot it with a dry, absorbent cloth and then possibly spot-clean it with a mild detergent.
- Keep the rugs and rugrats out of direct sunlight. Again, wool rugs with natural dyes will stand up better over the long haul, but less exposure to direct sunlight will help your carpet last longer.
If your “new” Oriental area rug is actually an antique that’s just been passed down to you, you may want to decide carefully where you want to place it. Common sense would tell you not to put it in the children’s play areas. But if you’re looking for an area rug in a community room, and you want to blend strength and style, then an Oriental carpet is certainly an option for you, regardless of whether or not you have kiddos.