Rug StorageOriental rugs (for that matter, all precious textiles) should be stored either flat or rolled. Folding woolen rugs for a week or two should do no harm but if they are left that way for long periods they will become badly creased. If any friction has taken place, the wool along the edges of the crease may be damaged. Very thick rugs, such as Persian Bijars, should never be folded because this tends to break their foundation threads.

Never, ever store a rug before your are sure it is free of moths. Choose a cool dry place.

If you prefer to store your rugs rolled:

  1. Lay the rug on its face and liberally dust the back with camphor powder.
  2. Then turn the rug face up and cover it with a large sheet of plain brown paper, or tissue paper if your prefer (DO NOT use newspapers as the print could stain the rug). Sprinkle the paper with more camphor powder.
  3. Next you need a round wooden pole or cardboard tube that is approximately the same length as the width of the rug. The tube will prevent the rolled rug from being bent and straining its foundation threads.
  4. Making sure there are no creases, roll up both the rug and the paper around the tube. Try to make sure that the paper separates the camphor powder from the face of the rug. So that the pile doesn’t get squashed, roll the rug quite loosely, against the pile.
  5. Then, wrap the whole roll in a sheet of clean dry plastic, sprinkled with yet more camphor powder.
  6. Loosely tie up the bundle with string, leaving the ends open to allow air to circulate.
  7. Seal the seams with sticky tape to keep moths out during the summer and remember to undo them in the fall to let in the fresh air.

If you prefer to store your rugs flat:

  1. Spread a large sheet of clean dry plastic and sprinkle it with camphor powder.
  2. Place the rug on top, and cover it with a sheet of brown paper.
  3. Sprinkle the paper with more camphor powder and lay your second rug on tip of this, continuing for as many rugs as you have to store. The bottom sheet of plastic must be large enough to fold over the entire stack.
  4. Fold the plastic quite loosely.
  5. Seal the seams with sticky tape to keep moths out during the summer and remember to undo them in the fall to let in the fresh air.

Using either of these methods, your rugs can be safely stored indefinitely. Just be sure that they are kept cool and completely dry and renew the camphor powder once a year when you check the rugs.