Laying an oriental rug over hardwood flooring can create a potentially dangerous situation. That’s because laying an area rug of any kind on a hard, slick surface will create something akin to a bobsled on an ice track. Beyond the obvious safety concerns there’s also the concern about whether all this sliding around and bunching up will damage the rug. Or perhaps the wool fibres in the rug will scratch the floor. For the safety of your family and friends and the long term good of the rug itself efforts should be made to secure the rug in some way. But how?
Best Ways to Secure Oriental Rugs
No one wants their new pride and joy – that beautiful hand-woven Oriental rug – to become the instrument of injury or damage in their house so securing it only makes sense. Methods of doing so run the gamut from discount to deluxe and here are a few of the more popular ones.
- Rubber Shelf Liner – Many an enterprising homeowner claims ultra-cheap shelf lining will work wonders when it comes to holding any type of contemporary rug in place. Simply cut it into appropriate length strips and lay them on the floor, then unroll your rug over them.
- Inexpensive Rubber Pad – You can pick up a roll of ‘rubber’ padding at just about any home supply and improvement store in the Toronto As with shelf lining there are those who swear by this method of securing a rug. Dissenting voices, however, will say that what you’re buying is actually a petroleum by-product meant to mimic rubber’s properties and that over time harmful chemicals in this fake rubber will leach into the flooring and rug and do subtle damage to both. Conclusive evidence is hard to come by but consider yourself warned.
- Carpet Tape – Carpet tape has been around for a long time and is still in common use because it works. However, attaching carpet tape directly to the back of an Oriental rug will undoubtedly cause adhesive to be ground into the rugs knots and that can’t be good for the long term value of the rug.
- Natural Rubber Pads – Natural rubber is the most effective way to hold an Oriental rug in place while also ensuring no harm comes to your floor or the carpet. There are no harmful chemicals to leach out of the rubber and no chance the rubber will wind up embedded into the fabric of your rug (unless you have radiant heating under the floor). The downside of natural rubber is it’s price. Considerably more that of synthetic rubber products.
Holding Oriental rugs in place without damaging them or the floor can be a challenge, but the result of doing nothing can be many times worse. If you’ve paid top-dollar for your rug we’d recommend you spend a little more and go with the natural rubber padding from your local Persian rug store. Your rug will stay where you want it, your family will be safe walking on it and no damage will come to your rug or flooring.
About Weavers +
If you happen to be in the Toronto area, visit Weavers Plus, one of the premium broadloom stores and persian rug stores in Toronto. We have a great selection of antique rugs, contemporary rugs, Persian rugs, modern rugs, Oriental rugs, and traditional rugs. We also offer services for rug repair and rug cleaning.