The area’s most likely in need of repair on you rug are the side cord, or edges, and the end of the rug that consists of the fringe and kilim strip. When you ignore these needed repairs that are important to protecting the integrity and longevity of your rug, the main “core” of the rug is threatened and all possibilities of repair are far more expensive and time consuming (such as reweaving).Repairing your rug will transform your rug that is lovingly worn over many years, into a refreshed piece of woven art.
We inspect each rug to determine the specific repair needed, since not all rugs can be repaired in the exact same fashion. When possible, we often will present you with options, such as simply securing the worn areas from further damage, and waiting till later to do the cosmetic repair.
Note: If your rugs is in need of serious repairs and we determine we will not be able to safely clean your rug without potentially or surely causing more damage; we will not clean your rug. We love rugs too much to inflict further damage and will recommend safely storing it until you can repair it properly. We offer storage on a monthly basis, and/or will wrap the rugs in Tyvek to fully protect from insects and dirt.
The sides, or the part of the rug without fringe, often get worn down or start unraveling exposing the cord which runs lengthwise. Your cord is usually part of the weaving process and is vital for the protecting the foundation of the rug.By matching the color and thickness of wool and rewrapping or binding the sides (in the only the worn spots or cover the entire side cord), we can make your rug beautiful again. If the cord is missing we will need to attach a new cord and cover it. This protects the core of the rug and makes your rug beautiful again. Note: We do all work is done by hand, this is not done with a sewing machine. IF appropriate we do offer serging for machine made rugs to secure the edges at a more economical cost.
The top and bottom, or the ends, often have fringe on the width of the rug. The corners, the kilim strip, and fringe are the areas at risk. The corners will often be the first place to show signs of distress. Keeping the ends intact is vital to the long term future of your rug. Your rug should be secured by knots in the fringe or with a stitch running across the entire end of the rug. If neglected, your rug can start to come apart one row (weft) at a time. A common repair is to stich the ends to secure the rug wefts from coming out further. New fringe can be hand sewn on to cover old and worn fringe. All of these options keep the rugs integrity, aesthetics and the rug lasting for generations to come. (Never cut the fringe off of a hand knotted rug, the fringe is the warp cord that runs the entire length of the rug, your rug will fall apart if you cut your fringe off!)