Suction-only type of vacuum cleaners should be used to clean handmade rugs. You should never use a beater bar on the surface of this type of rugs. If you are using an upright vacuum with a beater action ensure the brushes are on the highest setting and just skimming the surface of the rug.

Hand-knotted rugs should occasionally be placed pile side down. Vacuum the back of the rug, turn pile up and re-vacuum, this loosens ingrained dirt particles from the base of the pile and will extend the life and appearance of the rug. Fringes can be straightened out by hand with a comb or soft brush or with the use of the vacuum tools using a single motion away from the rug.