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In this video we show how we can transform a worn out rug back to its natural beauty. We remove the damaged areas and tie new knots on the fringe, then we hand stitch in new yarn on the sides all by our master weavers.

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Damaged Persian rug

Before and After

This picture shows a fine example of what can seem like the end to a rugs life. This rug had a large cut going down the middle and we meticulously sewed the foundation back together and brought back to life.

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Large cut in a Persian rug

Before and After

Fringe is damaged quite often on rugs or they just come loose over time. We can repair any fringe situation. This example we unraveled the loose strings and tied new knots making it strong and looking great again.

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Fringe is damaged from vacuum

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This is an old Navajo rug that was brought into us that had a large hole about 3”. The trick to weaving a navajo back to original is having handspun wool. When this job was complete our customer could not even notice that it had been repaired.

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Navajo restoration

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Sometimes sewing a pre-made fringe on can transform a rug back to its natural beauty without the cost of a full restoration.

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Sew on a pre-made fringe

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This rug was brought into us after being stored for a while and getting moth damage. We removed the damaged area and wrapped it with new yarn matching the color 100%

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Sides of rug are damaged

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This customer brought their rug in for general maintenance and we pointed out that the sides are damaged and coming loose. She knew that it was damaged but had no idea it could be fixed. We went through some different colors and she decided to go with a dark brown to give it a different edge and found a new love for her rug again.

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Sides of rug are damaged

Installation of custom cut silk rug

This project we had to go onsite and custom cut a hand woven silk rug to fit a room that was being remodeled. The customer wanted it to be exactly 3” from the wall all the way around the rug.

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Resizing

Restoration in our work room

One of our customers brought this Persian rug in after her dog had chewed one of the corners leaving lots of damage. We did a full restoration matching all the colors and sewn in a new fringe.

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New fringe restoration

Staircase transformed

This longtime customer removed their carpet and installed wood flooring. They really wanted a beautiful rug to go down the stairs and so we searched through many rugs and found this one that we had to cut the sides down and custom fit the staircase.

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Custom sizing for a staircase

Poor workmanship

This was a rug that a customer had repaired with another company. The stitching was uneven and done quickly, also the customer did not like the color. We picked out the color with them and wrapped the sides the way that it should be done.

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Repairing sides

Close up of knot stitch

This customer's rug has been in the family for years and the fringe had a lot of damage. We tied new knots going along the end and brought it back to life.

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Fringe repair

Vegetable dyed wool

In this photo we are choosing the colors for a restoration project on an old Afghan kilim. We collect wool, silk, cotton and many other materials from around the world so that our repairs can be as close to original and complement each rug that we work on.

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Prep for restoration project

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Rug Repair

Over time with years of use or the occasional accident,  rugs can become damaged or loose. We always try to repair rugs back to their original condition using different weaving techniques. We can also alter rugs by cutting them down to resize or customize for a new look. When we start a repair project the first step is to consult with our customers on their expectations and budget for the project. We then present a few options that we can agree on. We have many examples of what the end result will look like so that our customers can choose the right option.

Some of our most common repairs are listed below:

Fringes

The fringe on a rug is most times an extension of the foundation. When the rug is complete the strings at the ends are finished in different ways depending on where the rug was made. Some have knots, braids or can have no fringe and have yarn wrapped around the end. The fringe is one of the most common repairs that we take on. They are often damaged by vacuuming or just come loose over years of wear and tear. Our job is to complement the rug so that it looks good but can also come home and take on traffic for many years to come.

Side Chords (sides of the rug)

In most rugs the side chords are formed by two or more threads that run the length of the rug. They are usually wrapped with an extra thread binding the sides. The yarn acts as an exterior guard to the rug protecting the foundation and pile. If left unrepaired, the cords may break away from the rug and leave the pile unprotected and the knots will then fall away.

Repiling

Damage to the pile can be made by moths, continuous traffic on one part of the rug resulting in wear. Moth damage will in most cases eat only the pile and leave a bare spot showing the foundation. If the foundation is wool the moths can eat through the pile and the foundation leaving a hole. Repiling is when the foundation is in good condition and we just need to weave in new knots creating the pile.

Repairing Holes and Tears

Holes or tears can be the result of a variety of situations, such as moth damage, wear, sharp objects etc. Holes may have started as small slits and if left unrepaired will get larger. Any hole or tear should be repaired as soon as possible; the sooner the repair is carried out, the less expensive the job and the more successful the final result.

Repair of Flat-Woven Rugs

Kilims, Navajo and Soumaks are a more delicate, lightweight floor covering that are flat woven. These rugs can be damaged easily with excessive vacuuming or traffic. They can be easy to repair but challenging to resize. Most times we repair the sides and ends but on more antiques we do full restorations. This usually comes down to the investment that our customers would like to put into the rug itself.

Customizing or Resizing Rugs

We work with several designers that will oftentimes purchase the perfect rug in a larger size then cut it to the desired size. A good example of this would be a rug that is 10’ x 14’ that is cut down to 10’ x 10’. Most rugs do not come in these sizes and can take several months to have made with alot of additional cost. We can also customize rugs to fit around a fireplace or odd shaped rooms.

POPULAR QUESTIONS

  • Can repairing a rug affect the value?

    Most times that a rug comes in for repair the value has already changed depending on the severity. By catching damage right away and having it repaired immediately reduces the amount of work that needs to be performed maintaining the value of your rug.

  • Does vacuuming damage rugs?

    Excessive vacuuming can be too aggressive, most times it is caused by the rotation of the brushes on the vacuum not the suction. All rugs act as a filter catching the dust that floats around in your home, which is a good thing. Vacuuming and regular maintenance of your rug helps remove the dust and dirt improving the air quality of your home. Sand which can over time leave small abrasions on the pile reducing its life time will also be removed keeping your rug looking better for a longer period of time.

  • Should I vacuum the fringe on my rug?

    In most cases vacuuming the fringe on your rug will damage the fringe, it is the most common reason why rugs come into our shop for repair. When vacuuming the fringe the vacuum should be used as a tool, only going in one direction pulling it over the fringe. For more tips give us a call!

  • Should I just buy a new rug or have it repaired?

    This is mostly a matter of preference. We recommend that a rug is repaired not based on its value but because you want to continue to use it for a longer period of time. If you don’t have an attachment or would prefer to have a different rug than purchasing a new one may be a good idea. The sooner that a rug comes in for repair the less money you will need to spend on repairs.

  • Can the repairs be done by machine?

    Machine made rugs can be repaired by machines and we have solutions for that option. Hand woven rugs should not be done by a machine because as the needle from the machine is stitching it most times it is cutting through the foundation and will cause more damage. Also machines can only perform one size stitch and do not have a lot of flexibility. When we repair rugs by hand we can match the stitching to the rug gently, this allows us to match the size, color and texture with a lot more precision.

  • How long does a rug repair take?

    There are many different options for repairs therefore the time can fluctuate. In most cases we can complete a variety of repairs in 2-3 weeks. If you have specific time that you need the rug back we can make a special arrangement to meet your deadline. Full restoration projects take much longer and are discussed with you during our review of the project.