Sun Damage to your rugs
Contemporary oriental rug dyes are fairly resistant to sun fading or bleaching they are not as unstable as natural or vegetable dyes. If you have a vintage or antique rug however, you should take special care to protect your oriental or Persian rug from direct sunlight. Even modern rugs will suffer if direct light is falling on them for an extended period of time. Sunlight will cause colours to fade and affects the texture of the woollen fibres, making the wool less flexible and bouncy. Use sheer curtains to filter the sun on a rug and rotate the rug to ensure even wear. It is also a good idea to change the position of the rug in your home from time to time.
Do you need Rug Pads?
A thick, heavy rug does not need any extra padding underneath usually, but if you have a thin rug or one that has had repairs done or an older rug then a rug pad will extend the life of your rug and make it more comfortable to walk on.
Rug pads help to stop oriental or Persian rugs sliding around on hard flooring and so even if a rug does not need cushioning a pad can make it safer, a pad provides a layer between the pile of a rug on a hard floor and softens the impact from footfall and pads can make the rug more comfortable underfoot.
A pad ought to be about an inch smaller than the rug around its edge (not counting the fringe) so that the pad cannot be seen under the rug.
Choose a good quality rug pad that is going to last and is not coloured in case the colour transfers to your floor or the carpet underneath. Polyester pads that are approximately half an inch thick are ideal. Rubber pads are not good to use because they deteriorate over time and crumble and other rubber pad types can become sticky.
Curled Corners and Curled Edges
When a rug curls over at a corner it might seem due to wear and tear but this problem is actually due to a flaw in the original rug weaving technique. Curled edges cannot be corrected by repeated straightening or weighing them down, they require the attention of an experienced rug repair professional.
A rug with badly curled-under corners will cause the rug to wear unnaturally and it can damage the rug it is better to have the rug repaired if at all possible.