Moth damage is caused by the common clothing moth. It's small and is usually silvery tan or soft brown in color. This moth flies slowly but with a rapid flutter of small wings. Flying clothes moths do not eat rugs, but the females do lay hundreds of eggs each, and the eggs hatch into larvae that consume wool and silk fibers. Moths and their larvae thrive in dark, undisturbed areas where a rug gets little traffic and is not often vacuumed. A bad infestation sometimes leaves a cobweb-like veil in the area of the damage, along with fine, sand-like debris. An infestation often involves more than one rug, and can spread to (or from) woolens or furs hanging in a closet or sweaters stored in a drawer.
To prevent moth damage, frequent vacuuming and turning over the rug is critical. Also, we offer a service to our customers with our moth deterrent spraying that can be done after a deep cleaning. The moth spray is a biterant, which carries a taste that moths do not like.
If you already have moth damage on your rug we can also help revive it by doing moth damage repair. To do the repair, we need to make the foundation. This means making warps (vertical threads) and wefts (horizontal threads) on which we can tie the knots around two warps. This is a very highly specialized job done by our master repair personnel on site as they have to match the weave while considering the knot technique to be the same as the entire rug. Matching color of the new weave and matching the design is another delicate part of the repair. It is an art by itself to repair a moth damaged rug.
So if you have a rug that needs attention(moth repair) or prevention(moth spray) come in and we can give your rugs exactly the care they need.
Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)