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How to Store Navajo Rugs

When it comes to displaying your Navajo Rugs, the main question is: how to hang them? Some rugs are not woven to be used as floor coverings, so a proper pad is needed. However, most questions about display revolve around how to hang a rug. In essence, the answer is Velcro. Keep reading to learn more about this important topic. Once you have learned how to hang a rug, you can display it proudly in your home or business.

Storage of Navajo rugs

Whether a Navajo rug is big or small, proper storage is essential to protect the rug from damage. Never fold or pile a Navajo rug, as this can cause permanent creases. Instead, place the rug in a drawer or tray and roll it up, using an acid-free tissue in between the rug and the tube. Store your Navajo rug in a cool, dark place away from light and moisture. If possible, treat the rug with a moth repellant to prevent them from getting into the fibers.

When cleaning a Navajo rug, use a vacuum with a special attachment for rugs to avoid damaging the weave. You should also refrain from beating the rug, as this will damage the warp threads. Avoid repetitive dry cleaning, as it removes the natural lanolin oil from wool, which is essential for the longevity of Navajo weaving. Avoid beating a rug by hand, as this can damage its warp threads.

Cleaning a Navajo rug

Taking care of your Navajo rug is essential if you want it to remain a beautiful piece. These rugs are both works of art and functional decor, and they require proper care. To make sure your Navajo rug will look its best, avoid harsh chemicals, excessive heat, steam cleaning, ironing, and beating. When vacuuming, use a gentle floor attachment and avoid whacking or shaking it. Avoid displaying your Navajo rug in direct sunlight, as ultraviolet rays can permanently fade the color of the rug’s wool.

When cleaning a Navajo rug, always remember to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Do not dry clean or hand wash the rugs yourself. You can damage the dyes and damage the wool during the process. Also, remember that different rugs need different cleaning methods. If you suspect that your Navajo rug needs restoration, hang it on a wall to dry. Otherwise, you should store it until you can hire a professional restorer. Fortunately, professional services are available through galleries.

Keeping Navajo rugs away from direct sunlight

Exposure to sunlight can fade the colors of a Navajo rug. Also, prolonged exposure to sunlight can damage textiles by causing fading. In addition to bright light, textiles should be kept away from moths and direct sunlight. Navajo rugs are not resistant to both types of fading. To prevent moth damage, you can use a mothball to destroy the eggs of the insects.

Keeping a Navajo rug away from direct sunlight requires special care and cleaning. Always avoid nailing or hanging the rug. A simple solution is to use Velcro strips that are two inches wide. If these do not fit, you can also sew a strip of material along the top of the art weave. Pass this strip of material through the warp. Be sure to use the appropriate adhesive.

Using Velcro to store Navajo rugs

The easiest way to display a Navajo rug is to hang it with Velcro. You can hang it back-to-back or front-to-back. Then, periodically turn the Navajo rug to remove any dust and check for moths or spiders. You can also hang pre-1900 shoulder blankets using a curtain rod. Using Velcro to store Navajo rugs can prevent these rugs from becoming damaged by repeated turning for inspection and vacuuming.

Navajo rugs are made of fine, wool-based material. They are made by Navajo weavers, who are members of one of the largest federally recognized tribes in the United States. Historically, Navajo textiles were made for practical purposes, such as blankets and saddle pads. Since the late 1800s, however, Navajo textile weavers have been weaving carpets for tourists. The geometric patterns on the textiles are very distinct. The Navajo tribe acquired the colorful factory-made yarn for weaving, which became known as Germantown rugs.

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