Rug Facts: Things you didn’t know About Overdyed Rugs

In the recent years, old rugs have been given a makeover by over dyeing them to complement the modern decor.

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Overdyed rugs are gaining a lot of popularity these days. This dyeing process not only provides a new life to the battered rug but also adds vivacious colors to the dull rug, while still maintaining the timeless class of an original handcrafted piece of art. As overdyeing is mainly carried out on the rugs which are faded or worn out, so this recycling helps in preserving these traditional treasures.

What type of rugs can be overdyed?

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Only antique wool hand-knotted rugs can be over dyed, as these rugs are woven by a skilled artisan on a specially designed loom, wherein every individual knot is tied by hand. Every hand-knotted rug is a handcrafted piece that is durable enough to withstand the over dyeing technique.

What types of rugs can’t be overdyed?

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The rugs that cannot be overdyed are hand-tufted and synthetic rugs. A hand-tufted rug is made by punching a design into a stenciled canvas and after that a fabric backing is glued at the back in order to hold the rug together, and finally a fringe is sewn or glued to appear hand knotted. This technique cannot resist the dye retaining process.

Synthetic rugs made of polypropylene, nylon, or acrylic, are basically made with plastic backing and they cannot retain any dye.

How should you clean your overdyed rug?

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You should clean an overdyed rug in exactly the same way you clean any other woolen rug. If your overdyed rug is made using proper methods, you will not have to worry about bleeding of colors. Dab the solution of white vinegar and mild soap on the rug. Do not rub the solution, just dab it as rubbing can damage the rug. Vacuum the rug using a vacuum cleaner, which does not consist of a beater bar as beater bar is too powerful and might pull off the rug fibers.

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Over Dyed rugs are a great way to bring a pop of color into a room with a neutral color palette or you can also match the rug with other elements of the room. They go really well with your modern decor and the traditional pattern gives a classic hint to your decor.

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