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Harp Cleaners Provide Chinese Rug Cleaning in & around London

Contrary to most antique Oriental rugs, Chinese rugs were mostly manufactured for internal consumption. Although China had been exporting other ornamental goods for centuries, it wasn’t until the 19th century that they began to export their rug production. However, western influence changed the manufacturing process with more mass-produced art-deco rugs at a lower selling price.

If rugs trap dirt the same way as carpets do, they can’t be cleaned using the same method. Rugs are usually much more delicate than carpet, especially oriental rugs which are made of natural fibres such as cotton, wool or silk. So please don’t throw them in your washing machine as this could cause a lot of damage and remorse!

Grey Rugs on wooden floor

About Chinese Rugs

Antique Chinese rugs have a unique design and represent the wide culture of the Chinese empire. Each rug is classified by the ruling emperor of the time instead of using the region or manufacturer, as is the case for other rugs. The design is very important, sometimes more than the quality of the rug, featuring dragons, flowers and symbols from myths or religion.

Most antique Chinese rugs are made of rough pile yarn with big knots and thin cotton warps. This makes them quite thick as well as flexible and soft. More recent rugs use machine spun wool with double warps and asymmetrical knots making them quite thick and compact.

Keeping Your Chinese Rug Clean

At Harp Cleaners, we have been cleaning rugs for over 45 years, so we’ve seen a lot of stains! We specialise in high-end rugs and carpets including oriental rugs. Our expertise allows us to provide a unique, professional service to collectors as well as antique enthusiasts. For your peace of mind, all our work is fully insured and we have a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.

Dirt can damage and fade your Chinese rug and vacuuming won’t catch the dust caught deep in the fibre. We pick up your rugs and clean them at our facilities in Sutton, near London, because we believe it’s the best way to provide a high-quality cleaning service. We then bring your clean, fresh rug back home where it can continue to impress and delight. We operate around Sutton and London.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you’d like to know how we can help keep your beloved Chinese rugs clean or if you’d like a quote. Email us at or call us either on 0208 7700313 or 07973 168287.

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