Can New-to-Me Antique Rug Be Cleaned/Saved/Used?

Can New-to-Me Antique Rug Be Cleaned/Saved/Used?

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Tess Wilson
Oct 26, 2015

Q: My husband "gifted" me with a surprise antique wool rug as an anniversary present, I'm not sure about the origin, other than its Eastern (and probably not Persian). I like the colors and pattern, but the rug itself, which was, ehem, *pricey*, even with the deal he got, seems like it may have seen better days...

I'm trying to reconcile myself with the idea of walking daily on something that costs so much but a) it looks like it needs to be cleaned FIRST, the wool feels tacky and reminds me of the Mexican surf poncho I had in college, and b) if we are using this, how are we supposed to continue to keep it clean? If it is already showing signs of slight wear, such as holes and some fraying, won't it go to complete pot with cleaning? Any assistance or guidance would be helpful!! -Sent by Loving Wife

Editor: Ooh, anytime someone uses the word gift in quotation marks, you know it's going to be... questionable. Readers, what should LW (I see what you did there!) do about this "gift"? Why would the wool feel tacky? Will a rug that is fraying survive the cleaning it appears to desperately need? And will it stand up to foot traffic? LW likes the color and pattern of the rug, so how can they get some enjoyment out of the thing?

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