Most commonly, the areas in need of repair are the side cord, or edges, and the end of the rug that consists of the kilim strip and/or fringe. These repairs are important to protecting the integrity and longevity of your rug as well as transforming your rug that is lovingly worn into a refreshed piece of woven art. When not taken care of in a timely manner, the main “core” of the rug is threatened and all possibilities of repair are far more expensive and time consuming ( such as reweaving).
Keep in mind, we inspect each rug to determine the specific repair needed since not all rugs can be repaired in the exact same fashion. We often will present you with some options, such as simply securing the rug edges from further deterioration 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.
What we call the “sides” of the rug run along the length of the rug. Often the wool on the sides get worn down or starts unraveling exposing the cord which runs lengthwise. Protecting that cord is vital for the foundation of the rug. We match the color and thickness of wool and repair it by rewrapping or binding the sides in the worn spots or cover the entire side cord. If the cord is missing we will attach a new cord and cover it to protect the core of the rug and make your rug beautiful again. All work is done by hand, not a sewing machine.
The ends of the rug, what we call the top and bottom, often have fringe on the width of the rug. When it comes to the ends there are several places we check. The corners, the kilim strip, and fringe are the areas at risk. The corners will often show signs of distress. It’s important to secure them to keep the rug and fringe intact. If the end of the rug is not secured by knots in the fringe or with a stitch running across the entire end of the rug, your rug can start to come apart one row (weft) at a time. 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 ! )