Moroccan Wool Rug Care and Cleaning Guide

Berber rugs are renowned for their durability; passed on from generation to generation, these rugs are made to last! However, we are well aware that purchasing one of our traditional Moroccan rugs is an investment that is best secured through the right care and protection.  That said, don’t be afraid to invite your guests to stand amongst the plush, vibrant fibres of your Moroccan rug collection (although maybe ask them to remove their shoes first!)

Everyday Dust and Dirt Cleaning Guide

First things first. Daily dust and dirt particles can often become embedded within the fibres of your wool rug, and if left for long periods of time, can cause the fibres to shred, exposing bare spots throughout your beautiful tapestry. The simple, traditional Moroccan way to prevent this is to regularly remove any excess dirt and dust by taking your rug outside once a week and shaking it vigorously until all dirt particles have been removed. However, if this is impractical in suburban Britain, vacuuming your rug carefully, preferably with a handheld hoover will work equally as well. Our rug care tip is to flip the rug over occasionally and hoover underneath to remove even more dust and dirt, therefore, extending the life of your rug even further. Also, consider the location of your rug. If your rug is placed in an area of high traffic within your home, or if it is used by pets, it needs to be cleaned more regularly to ensure maximum longevity. However, if your rug is in a room which is used less frequently, you don’t need to clean it as regularly. 

Help! There has been a spillage!

Don’t panic. We’ve all had that clumsy guest or overexcited child who manages to spill the entire contents of their drink all over our Moroccan pride and joy! To deal with a liquid spillage, simply blot up the liquid or other soil as quickly as possible using a white towel, white cloth, or kitchen roll. Blot from the outer most point towards the centre of the stain. Try to ensure that the spillage does not sink deep into the wool rug fibres and do not try to rub. Rubbing could possibly cause damage to the fibres, breaking them down. Please also note that depending upon the type of dyes used in your rug fibres, there may be a slight colour bleed.

Professional Wool Rug Cleaning

If you are regularly cleaning your rug according to our instructions, there should be no need for regular professional cleaning. However, if you wish to have your rug professionally cleaned after owning it for three to four years, you need to ensure you source a reputable cleaner with an expertise in Moroccan Berber rugs. This is to prevent harsh chemicals used in dry cleaning from damaging the fibres and dyes used within the rug.

A final word

We encourage you to adopt our wool rug care and cleaning guide for extending the longevity of your rugs, however, please remember that these rugs were built to survive harsh weather conditions of the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert and so they are incredibly durable. Furthermore, these rugs act as family heirlooms and are passed on from generation to generation, lasting for several decades. Most of all we encourage you to enjoy your beautiful, vibrant piece of art!