A traditional Moroccan berber rug is hand woven by tribal members that hand down their colour combinations and patterns from generation to generation. These rugs have been used in Moroccan tribal homes for centuries and many of the rugs themselves will last for decades. The rugs come in abundant colors and designs that range from neutral and subtle to bright and stunning. Purchasing such a rug is an investment that is best protected through proper care.
Keeping a Moroccan berber rug looking its best begins with preventative care. That does not mean shielding it from every footstep, but it does mean regularly taking the steps necessary to keep the rug free of dirt and debris. During day-to-day use, dirt particles can become embedded in the fibers of the rug. Once embedded, the dirt begins to shred the fibers. This shredding is what can cause bare spots in an otherwise lovely rug. The longevity of the rug will be extended if dirt is removed regularly.
The rug should be shaken outside, at least once a week, until all dirt has been removed. If shaking the rug outside is impractical it can be vacuumed, preferably with a hand held vacuum, slowly from side-to-side so as not to damage the fibres. Be sure to flip the rug and vacuum both sides. Shaking and vacuuming on a regular basis should be sufficient to keep the rug clean during normal use.
Spot cleaning the rug may also become necessary. Blot up any liquid or other soil as quickly as possible to prevent it from soaking into the rug fibres. Be aware that depending on the dyes used, liquid may cause some bleeding. Use a white cotton towel or paper towel to blot with as this will prevent any foreign dyes from entering the rug fibres. Blot from the outsider most edge of the stain towards the center. Do not rub as this can break down the fibres.
Keep in mind the location of the rug when determining how frequently to clean it. If the rug is in a particularly high traffic area or in a home with pets, steps should be taken to clean it more often. Even with taking these preventative measures after two or three years the rug should be professionally cleaned. Be sure to look for a reputable cleaner with experience in Moroccan berber rugs as many chemicals used in dry cleaning can damage the fibers and ruin the dyes used.
A Moroccan rug is an investment that could stay with a family for generations. These rugs are made for longevity as long as preventative care is taken to ensure the quality of the fibres is not compromised.