Cool Comfort Cotton Rugs from India Craft Bazaar
Cotton is the most popular natural fibre that has multiple applications; from dress materials to surgical accessories. Cotton fibres are breathable and has a soft lustrous feel. In warm and humid weather, cotton rugs provide cool comfort.
The less traffic areas of your home or office; such as bedroom, alcove etc are suitable for cotton rugs. These fabrics can be washed with lukewarm water and mild soap solutions, although regular vacuuming and quick spot treatment of spills with soap water and spot drying will increase its life
What’s Special about our Cool Comfort Range
India Craft Bazaar source cotton rugs from the astute artisans of Mirzapur region of Uttar Pradesh in India. The weaving style is called Punja Dhurrie. In this style the rug is woven in a vertical loom and the threads are tightly packed using an iron comb like appliance which is called Punja (claw). This weaving style originated in the Asia Minor (primarily Turkey) and expanded to India during the Turkish regime. This style of weaving flourished during the time of Mughal Emperors. The artisans of Mirzapur region have preserved this unique weaving style . Government of India awarded Geographical Indication or G.I to Mirzapur Punja Dhurrie in 2013.
Care & Maintenance Tips
Please follow these simple guidelines to keep your rugs and carpet in good clean, in good shape and last long.
- Vacuum Cleaning: Regular vacuum cleaning is the best way to keep rugs clean and without odour or allergens as a result of daily use. A vacuum with a spinning beater bar is fine, in fact it’s one of the best things you can do to keep your rug looking fine and protected from stains. Vacuuming also helps polish the wool — giving it lustre and sheen and natural stain resistance.
- Spill Removal: The best way to remove spills is to act as and when it happens. First soak the spilled liquid off with an absorbent cloth, microfibre cloth or if nothing is available put lots of face tissues or paper napkins on it. If you feel the need to use soap, best rule of thumb, if you can’t use it on yourself, don’t use it on the rug.
- Protect from Direct Sunlight: Ultra violet rays in sunlight reacts with the natural dyes of the fibre and makes rugs look fade (sun burn). Hence, make sure rugs and carpets are not exposed to direct sunlight, use curtains or if the rug is in outdoor, cover it with an used bedsheets during the time of the day when direct sunlight falls on it
- Foot traffic and heavy furniture can change the texture of your carpets and rugs. Shag carpeting, for example, can experience “blooming” caused by the untwisting or opening of the yarns. You can use scissors to clip “tufts” that extend above the rest of the carpet pile, but never pull them out (if they have been pulled out, use a crochet needle to work them back into the backing of the carpet. You can also use scissors to remove piling ,the formation of those tiny balls of fuzz on top of carpeting, and shading can sometimes be temporarily corrected by vacuuming in the same direction.
- Keep safe from moisture and water : Moisture and water are very bad for all sorts of carpets and rugs, especially the piles and tufted carpets, because water can accumulate under the backing, thereby creating mould growth and also damage floorings. If you suspect any wet part in your carpet, immediately reverse it to see if there is accumulated water underneath. Once can use desiccators available in market to keep near or under carpets to absolve moisture
- Storage: Best way to store carpets is to first cover the top with an old bed sheet and then roll up. Never try to fold a rug or carpet (unless it is flat cotton rug) as this may permanently damage its stricture
Antique rugs demand a high price and much of the reason is the aged look, called patina, that the rugs acquire after 100 years or more of use. A rug’s patina reflects its history, life, and the life of those it lived with.
Geographical Indication Certificate No 458