Persian and Oriental Rugs: Basics of Repairs


The Oriental carpet or Persian rug that you own is a work of art and it is important to know that it deserves the same attention and care you would accord to a fine piece of furniture in your home. We often come in contact with customers who are willing to pay more for repair services on a piece of hand-knotted rug than the rug is actually worth mainly due to the fact that it has some sort of sentimental value to them. It could be a token of remembrance from grandpa or a piece someone has grown up with in their childhood room or simply something that just looks perfect in their living room. Your efforts in restoring an Oriental carpet or Persian area rug will be rewarded time and time again through years of lasting satisfaction with the unique beauty of your investment.

Repairing A Persian Rug

Repairing A Persian Rug

If you discover a worn spot, a hole, or a tear in your rug, seek professional assistance at once because the damage can only get bigger and bigger before you know it. The same applies if you notice a ragged fringe or a loose selvedge binding on your area rug. In most cases, the fringe and the side bindings are in fact the first spots requiring your attention as they are the areas mostly exposed to vacuum cleaners, high traffic, usual spills, and high-heeled shoes.  A reputable Oriental rug dealer can either attend to such repairs or they can refer you to a professional repair facility. Estimates can always be obtained free of charge. Keep in mind that you will be entitled to understand exactly what the restoration procedure is and what kind of work needs to be done to your rug before you make the final decision. Many professional repair facilities can provide you with before and after pictures of their previous work on some rugs, and you will usually be able to check references as well.

The secret to a professionally done repair work on your rug simply comes down to the ability of the repair person to imitate the original work. After all, you are dealing with a work that has been done with hands in the past and the repair is just supposed to come as close to it as possible. The structure of the foundation, the thickness of the warp and weft, the number of the weft shots inserted over the knots, the texture and the material of the pile fibers, and the type of the knot (symmetric or asymmetric) used in the original work needs to be carefully examined before a repair work gets started with its beginning phase. It is obvious that matching the colors is often the most important part of the whole process. In fact, a competent repair person can dye some raw wool to come very close to the colors used in your rug if he or she has the necessary experience. However, achieving a perfect match is not possible in many cases and you need to keep in mind that a repair job will require some degree of compromise on your side. Our advice to you is that you seek professional help and avoid do-it-yourself remedies at all costs should any problems arise and that preventing any damages in the first place would always be the safest route to take.

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