Oriental Rug Cleaning & Restoration


Both exposure to direct sunlight and heavy traffic can cause color to fade in even the finest hand-made rugs. Sunlight Oriental Rug Care & Restoration expert artisans are skilled in a complex process of color restoration that will enhance your rug’s overall appearance and guarantee it’s authentic look.


Sun-Light Fine Rug Care & Restoration, weavers first prepare the appropriate yarn to perfect the texture, count, twist, color and origin of your carpet. Next we create a weaving chart to ensure that the design, color and texture perfectly match that of the original. In the end, the repaired area blends seamlessly with the rest of the rug.


If the area in need of repair is too large, we will suggest a patching process, which will be much more cost effective. By choosing a patch we choose, fiber similar by color and design, and we always try to come close to the original design so it won’t be visible to the naked eye.Through patching, Sunlight Fine Rug Care & Restoration can perfectly match the design and color of the missing area to the rest of the carpet.

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Over time, many carpets begin to lose their original shape; this is especially true of flat weaves, tapestries and needlepoint rugs.in many cases after completing a hand wash, rugs can lose their symmetrical shape, when doing blocking and stretching, we get rid of any wrinkles.

Sunlight Fine Rug Care gently stretches and blocks the carpet to retain its ideal shape.In other cases when rugs have excessive wool, or as a result of cats or dogs pulling the carpet fiber, shearing will be recommended, creating a smooth and healthy surface.


If your carpet does not have fringing, it will eventually begin the fray at the ends.If the fringes are worn out, and there is more leverage we can use that part to re-create the fringes and make new ones, that process will follow by loop stitching on the back of the rug / fringe’s to enure their strength.

To avoid pile loss Sun-Light Fine Rug Care & Restoration, will over cast, a process that secures the rug. If the sides are worn, we use Persian binding to secure the carpet and retain its original beauty.


When a rug is to be stored for more than a few months it should be cleaned, sprayed with insecticide, and wrapped in protective plastic or a tough synthetic paper like “Tyvek”® building paper. Don’t use newspaper or common brown wrapping paper. These materials are not chemically stable (they are usually quite acidic), and do not provide the protection from insects or moisture the stored rug needs. Make sure the rug is completely dry. Think twice about using moth balls or flakes–these materials have little repellent effect, and the odor they impart to the rug can be difficult to remove. Cedar scent is useless in moth control. Store the rug in a clean, dry place out of the reach of squirrels or other rodents. Periodic inspection of the rug is strongly recommended

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There is continuing confusion of reference to any carpeting that is patterned as “Oriental rug”. Many of the merchants who deal in carpets and rugs lump together both machine made and hand made rugs and call the oriental rugs. It is possible some of the sales people in these stores cannot tell the difference between the machine-made imitations and the original oriental rugs that are sold in stores. Many unscrupulous merchants are taking advantage of the ignorance of the customers about the rugs to sell to them rugs that are far below the expected standards. It is important that buyers be aware of the difference in the two kinds of rugs.

Oriental rugs are flat woven that are hand-knotted. The areas where these rugs were traditionally made are in the Middle and Far East. Genuine oriental rugs come from places like India, China, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey, Nepal, Iran, Tibet, some territories in the south of the former Soviet Union and some Balkan countries like Albania and Romania. These rugs can also be found in North African countries such as Egypt and Morocco. Genuine oriental rugs are not sourced from western countries in Europe or even in America. Therefore if, you come across a rug that is claimed to be genuine, and it is from these places, then you should automatically know that it is not a genuine oriental rug. In America, there are hand woven rugs called ‘Navajo. Another name for these rugs is ‘American Indian rugs’, and Karasten, these rugs were made in Southwest America by Native Americans. Many of the rugs you find in stores across the world are machine made. These rugs gave oriental designs. Polypropylene and nylon are not the materials used in making genuine oriental rugs. such rugs could be made in Belgium they can resemble the look of a Tabriz rug for example and can stand for a fine quality of a machine rug but it would not be considered to be a Genuine Orientals rug.

There is more confusion in that there are several hand-made rugs varieties that are not knotted by hand. It is also very easy to confuse hand-knotted rugs with the hand-tufted ones made from India and China. The tufted rugs makers use a gun like tool that punches wool strands into a canvas that is stretched on the frame. The rug’s design is made on the canvas after which the person working on it fills the pattern with appropriate wool color. Once fully piled, the rug is detached from the frame. Scrim fabric is then glued at its rear. The piles are held in place by this glue. This process may take less time than the hand knotting process that may take many days to complete. This is unlike in oriental rugs in which the yarn is knotted over warps. The tufted rugs do not have the fringe commonly found in hand woven rugs. In its place, a separate fringe is usually sewn or glued to the tuft rug’s edge.

Though the tuft rug is handmade, it does not qualify to be an Oriental rug, as the piles are not knotted. Tuft rugs are easier to make than knotted ones. The tuft rug will wear much sooner than the knotted rug because, in most cases, the wool used is of poor quality. The glue that is used to hold the piles in place becomes brittle over time, and it eventually becomes loose. The resale value of these rugs can be compared with machine-made rugs. In the case of genuine oriental rugs, their value seems to increase as they age as they are made of natural materials that do not wear off especially if they are well maintained. It is very easy to confuse between the tuft Chinese rugs and the Chinese knotted ones. The Indian rugs come in a variety of qualities, patterns and colors that resemble hand-knotted rugs of less than top quality. Buyers of genuine oriental rugs should take care and avoid buying imitations that are not to the expected standards.


Sun-Light Fine Rug Care & Restoration recognizes the value in gentle care. We determine our process by taking into consideration your rug’s origin, period of craftsmanship, fiber content and dyes.

The cleaning process:

We clean oriental rugs in detail hand wash the thrall way:

1. Thrall inspection

Prior to any wash, we inspect the rug, for its origin, type of fiber, Silk, Wool, Cotton, synthetic, or if it is a mix of any. We perform a very thrall and detail examine to look for color fast, color bleed, damage that can be caused by sun, pet stains, moth damage, harsh chemical that have been used on the rug before, Halls or worn areas, that can not be seen by the naked eye, and the strength of the rug foundationץ By all those factors we determine what is the best way to wash the rug according to its condition!

2. Dusting

We thoroughly dust the rug to get rid of any minute particles; vital in preserving the price of one’s rug.  Normal foot traffic results in more dirt and dust than can be seen by the naked eye. Foreign material embedded in the pile is abrasive and will eventually cause premature wear. Our deep pile process cleans the carpet thoroughly, removing any debris that has accumulated. If necessary, we will recommend a moth-proofing process, which will further guarantee your rug’s longevity.

3. Detailed hand wash with low P.H. Balance Shampoo and water.

All rugs are washed on each side employing only the mildest soaps made from natural substances. Thorough rinsing is important to regain the richness with the colors and also to stop new dirt from accumulating prematurely. No rugs are washed with machines only by hand!

4. Grooming and Drying

We groom each and every rug by environment, the pile within the proper path and gently combing the rug fringe. A sluggish drying in ambient air is utilized to protect the natural-colored dyes and also to preclude shrinkage.

5. Replenishing of Lanolin

Annual changing of Lanolin, the wool’s normal oil, restores the luster and suppleness from the fiber, hence rising its longevity. This approach has the added benefit of bringing out the gorgeous colors and motifs

6. Rug Softening

Once the cotton basis is softened, it is much less prone to dry rot, a widespread and dangerous issue triggered by fungi.

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Moth-proofing prevents one particular in the most typical threats for your rug. Even ahead of you are aware of their existence; moth larvae can silently ruin the wool fibers of one’s rug and trigger intensive damage.


2-. Applying a Stain Protector

Utilizing an software derived from nature, the wool fibers are created to resist penetration of discoloring liquids, this kind of as wine and espresso.

3-. Deodorizing and Sanitizing

A distinctive enzyme is utilized to remove pet odors and unsafe bacteria.

4-. Repairs by Hand

For handmade area rugs, if needed we will notify you immediately, before we start the hand wash cleaning process. Our experienced skilled will utilize his artistry to edges, holes, tears, and fringe. This meticulous specialist restores a rug to its original magnificence.

Ultimate Inspection. We keep the best specifications, so our inspection process is thorough. We don’t hesitate to repeat any actions that may be essential to give you the cleanest results as possible to your rug! We also service commercial property


What Sunlight Customers Are Saying

Actor Alec Baldwin

Quality rug care is essential for the upkeep of any New York home and Haim Shemesh at Sunlight Fine Rug Care & Restoration does not disappoint. I highly recommend them!

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Gabriel J. Letizia, Ph.D

“Dear Haim,
It has been so very busy here, thank God, that I never had the chance to formally thank you for the absolutely beautiful job you and your team did with our rugs and sofa. I know when a job is superior and such is the case, much to my surprise, upon entering the apartment after you completed the work.

Thank you again – you will ever be our service provider etc…“

Sunlight Customer, Oriental Rug Cleaning

A few weeks ago, I had Haim Shemesh clean my sofa & I was very pleased. He was professional, the price was reasonable & my sofa looks brand new again!

Sunlight Customer, Oriental Rug Cleaning

I had Haim Shemesh from Sunlight clean all my area rugs. He did a fabulous job! They are all handmade Orientals and he took them to a place that soaks them in a tub and hand washes them the way it’s supposed to be done. They look so much better and brighter Haim came to my apt to give me an estimate, took the rugs, then delivered them back to me a week later. He even helped me set them back up, including moving furniture around to do so. Prices were very reasonable. I highly recommend doing business with him!

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