Oriental and Persian Rug Repairs, Cleaning, and Appraisals
As time passes, your cherished Oriental or Persian area rug will accumulate soils, dust mites, pollen, spills, and, if you own pets, perhaps pet accidents too. The buildup of these contaminates at first may not be noticeable, but give it a few years, and you’ll see that the colors are not as vibrant as they once were, and you may start to see “sanding” (worn areas).
To maintain your area rug’s value, look, and longevity, it is essential to have it professionally cleaned every two to three years. If you start to see unraveled side cords or fringe, they should be repaired immediately, especially if the area rug is hand-knotted, to prevent unraveling or foundation damage to the rug.
Oriental Rug Salon’s experience and reputation speak for themselves when it comes to thoroughly exhaustive Oriental and Persian area rug cleaning, repairs, and restoration.
How Do We Repair Area Rugs?
First and foremost, if the rug is machine-made, then the rug fringe is either glued or sewn on. In such a case, we can remove the old fringe and sew on a replacement. However, if the rug is hand-knotted, the repair involves removing the damaged areas and hand-weaving in a new fringe.
Hand-knotted area rugs are valuable and require precise and detailed attention. The foundation of hand-knotted rugs (warp and weft) is composed of wool, silk, jute, cotton, or linen weave. The fringe is an extension of the rug’s foundation and runs from one end of the textile to the other. When repairing fringe, the appropriate material should be utilized to match the rest of the rug. The master artisan at Oriental Rug Salon will assess the damage and then, based on the discovered damage, will determine the extent of the damage to the fringe, side cords, or any other area of the rug and come up with a plan of repair.
Should the Rug Be Cleaned Before Repair?
It is vital that the rug be cleaned before repair, except for scenarios wherein the rug must be secured within the damaged portion before washing. In such cases, those portions (like tears) are stitched to support the rug in preparation for a wash. In the case of decaying fiber (dry rot), a temporary backing for the rug is placed before washing to lessen damage to the foundation and face yarns. This is a vital step for washing delicate antique rugs as well. The other benefits of cleaning the rug before repair include:
- Bring out the actual colors of the rug, which ensures that the new repair and weave is a correct match of the tones and colors of the fiber.
- Get rid of moth and insect-damaged rugs of any implanted eggs.
- Remove pet urine salts and bacteria
- Remove contaminates for the safety of our repair specialist and other rugs in our possession
Oriental Rug Salon’s repair artisan is a master at rug repairs. Our expert re-fringing service will bring back your rug’s original beauty, and we can repair any damage to any rug.
Oriental Rug Salon is a full-service Oriental and Persian rug cleaning, repair, storage, and appraisal company serving clients throughout the United States. We are a Certified Partner with the prestigious Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the International Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI), and a WoolSafe Approved Service Company.
For more information on our Oriental and Persian rug cleaning, repair, and appraisal needs, visit us online at www.OrientalRugSalon.com or “call us on the carpet” any time at 239-424-8171 or visit us on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/OrientalRugSalon/
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