The washing process is one which takes great skill, learned over many years. One mistimed stroke and a rug can be ruined. In addition, many different finishes can be achieved, depending on the type of formulas used during the washing process, it may involve a mild detergent or a herbal wash, depending on the desired look. The rug is first fully immersed in the water tank. Once removed it receives an initial plain water wash, followed by the detergent, before being rinsed again. Some rugs may be washed twice, to bring out a higher sheen. The rug is then left out to dry in the sun. It will now be ready for final finishing.