Kelims and durries

Kelim and durrie rug cleaningChelsea Cleaning offers expert cleaning of all kelims and durries. Our processes are designed to help restore these rugs to their original glory, while ensuring that they don't shrink, fade or suffer other damage during the cleaning process.

About cleaning kelims

Kelims – also sometimes spelt as kilims – are flat, tapestry-woven carpets or prayer rugs. They originate in the Middle East and are made from wool, or a combination of wool and cotton. Traditional kelim designs are usually geometric. Diamonds, medallions and octagonal shapes are common.

Like other loose woollen rugs, kelims commonly absorb protein-based stains and are susceptible to shrinking. This makes it vital to treat them with the appropriate care during cleaning. With kelims, there's also a danger of colours fading.

At Chelsea Cleaning, we specialise in cleaning a range of sensitive carpet and rug types, including kelims. Some of the secrets  include beating to remove loose dirt, applying a special stain removal treatment and dry-cleaning in a perc solvent. Finally a kelim is naturally air-dried on a rack.

About cleaning durries

A durrie – also often spelt as dhurrie or durry – is a thick, flat-woven carpet that originates in India. Durries are hand-loomed and are often reversible. They may be made from cotton, wool, jute (vegetable fibres), silk or a combination.

Typical durrie designs differ from region to region within India, but traditional motifs include Islamic images, stripes and geometric patterns. Thanks to the influence of Victorian England on 19th century India, floral-patterned durries are also common.

Chelsea Cleaning will determine the optimal way to clean your durrie, depending on the material it's made from. Most often this involves shaking to remove loose dirt, using an appropriate stain remover to treat stains, dry-cleaning and then allowing to dry naturally.

Contact us to have your kelims & durries professionally cleaned