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I bought a beautiful, embroidered rug from a charity shop, it is similar type to Laura Ashley.  It measures 9feet by 12feet and has a Hessian back.  The trouble I find is that it is wrinkling underfooot and then looks unsightly, is there any tip you can give me to stop this.

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Hi and thank you for your question.

I apologize for the slight delay; I just returned from a month out of town. (It was only supposed to be three weeks but it was unexpectedly extended.)

My expertise is much more in furniture, porcelain, jade/stone, or pretty much anything except fabrics.  Rugs were the only Asian item that our small-business, family-owned and -operated Asian decor store didn't sell--there are already a bunch of rug dealers in town, including the big-box home repair stores.  I just took a fast look and saw a couple of rugs similar to the one you described available in my local store; the prices were between $850.00 and just over $2000.00.

I have, however, had several rugs in my home over the years.

One thing you might do, which is easy, is to check to see if there is a rug company in your area where you can bring it to be cleaned, much like you might drop dry-cleaning.  I've done that for my own rugs, some of which were in storage, and they came out like new.

But if you want to do it yourself, I did do a fast check online for you.  As I thought, quite literally flattening the rug with some heat--but never an iron--is the solution.  There's a little more to it, though.  Here's a link to the article I read:


Once you have it flat, you might consider a rug pad under it.  A rubber pad in your size, 9x12 (a standard rug size), ran $131 on one site I saw and a felt one was $112.99 on another site.  I'm sure you can find less expensive ones if you look around online a bit.

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