By BiSM1LLah-empiritrage. Area Rugs and Pads. At Wednesday, January 09th 2019, 08:10:02 AM.
Protecting your rug from mildew: Rug pads allow air to circulate around the rug. It sort of makes the rug more 'breathable.' This helps to prevent your rug from getting mildewed or getting moldy. Not only are these problems unhealthy, but they will stain your-rug and ruin it quickly. This is especially important in areas of the country that have a lot of humid weather.
I have been restoring and caring for antique rugs for years and have always used one of two pads. The first is a recycled jute pad that is as dense as can be for its kind. This is a 40 ounce weight, which is on the higher quality level of jute pads. This weight means there is a dense compression of fiber per square yard and this is important for protection and resistance. This pad can be used under all antique rugs that do not tend to slide around, mainly room size ones.
When you walk on your antique rug, it encounters a lot of stress against the hard floor. The back of the rug, or the knots, as well as the foundation, need to be protected as best as possible. There are rug pads with holes in them and solid rug pads. In this case, the solid on is best. Moving a step ahead, a solid pad with some sort of texture on the surface is even better. This texture can safely grab your antique rug and keep it from crawling, hence reducing wear.