Over time, rugs will need repairs. Rugs are beautiful works of art and often mistreated from the first day of their life. Rugs are prone to damage from traffic, lack of maintenance, sunlight, atmospheric conditions, pets, soil and so much more. The most common types of rug repair we see are damaged side cords that are unraveling or ends that are no longer holding the fibers to the rug. These types of damages (like anything else in life) are better when dealt with sooner rather than later. Damage left unattended becomes more difficult to repair. Worn side cords can usually be re-wrapped easily and inexpensively but if the side warps (the yarns running the length of the rug) become broken then the repair becomes more costly. If left unattended, then fiber loss happens and that can be more difficult to repair and sometimes cost prohibitive.
When Rug Repair is Necessary
Rug repair is an art form that has been passed on from generation to generation. Your rugs are a series of knots that can come loose and, in time, may need to be repaired. Your rug does not have to be a collector’s item to warrant rug repair.
Rug repair involves restoring the areas that are unraveling and the fringe that may be worn. We have the rug repair talent to reknot with the same tension that the rug was made with. Rug repair will be more effective on your fringe if we start the repair before the fringe gets too short. Hand knotting and weaving are the best methods to maintain the integrity of the original rug.
Different kinds of rug repair
Carpets and rugs are not only valuable but also they are expensive especially hand-woven rugs so it’s important how to use and keep them. Although we try to use the rugs in the best way sometimes rugs need minor or major repairs which experts can make a great decision and choose the best way for your rug repair.
Our skilled rug repair craftsmen can perform a variety of repair and restoration services on your fine rug including:
- repair moth damage
- fix holes
- repair fraying
- hand fringing
- patching of holes and tears
- recoloring of worn areas
- size reduction
- sew sleeves on the back for hanging
- repair curled sides
Repairing a Hole
The most severe damage to a rug happens when a hole appears in the actual field of the rug. This often occurs where a table leg has been placed and water has settled around the base of the leg. Fortunately, and especially if you have a nice antique rug, the damaged area can be rewoven and replied. This procedure can be expensive but will only add to the value of your rug.
The process of reweaving a hole is a complex, two-step process.
Step 1) The first and most vital step is to rebuild the foundation of the carpet. After cleaning the rug thoroughly, the broken foundation fiber has to be repaired and extended to make it able to reweave. If the foundation is not constructed properly, the repair will not be as effective and will not last long. A good rug repair depends on laying a solid foundation.
Step 2) During the second step, wool threads are then sewn to cover the hole, using the exact density and pattern as the foundation. The master weaver painstakingly matches warps, wefts, and knots so that they are as close a match as possible to the original. After the hole is fully repaired, the area is trimmed down so that it matches the rest of the pile height.
Applying a patch to repair a hole in a rug or doing a full restoration is only possible if the area around the hole is in fairly good condition. If the pile is not thick enough, it can be difficult to hide the stitching.