How to Clean Silk rugs

Legend says rugs silk fibre was discovered by accident in China around 2600 BC, where an empress accidentally dropped a cocoon into a cup of hot tea. This resulted in in gum outside the fibres to melt displaying one continuous fibre.

Most common form of silk fibres available are Bombyx mori, fed on mulberry leaves and this silk is less tougher and rougher and could be easily bleached then wild silk worms.

How to Clean a Silk Rug - Sydney

Characteristic of Silk Rugs

Cleaning Process for Silk Rugs

Low priced silk rugs are prone to pile distortion and colour to bleed. If more aggressive cleaner is applied could lead to colour loss. Keep away from chlorine as silk easily melts in chlorine.

NB: with the improvement in technology and enhancement of fibre making process, there is a trend to replace Silk Fibres with Rayon or mercerized cotton. Distinguishing both with naked eye could be very hard even for the trained professionals. If Rayon is used the label may read “art. Silk”, “a. silk” (artificial silk) or even “faux soie”, French for fake silk.

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