How To Repair an Oriental Rug
Hand-knotted Oriental rugs are expensive home décor items that take a lot of abuse. After years of use these fine floor coverings may need some tender loving care to repair holes, tears, worn spots, fringe, moth damage, overcasting (the sides of the rug), or even water damage. To prevent a more costly repair it is important that these areas be fixed quickly. Small holes or tears can become large pretty quickly.
When Oriental rug repairs are done properly they will help extend the life of the rug for years and will not hurt the value of the rug. This is why it is important to find a reputable rug repair company that knows what they are doing. A reputable company will give you a cost estimate up front and let you know whether or not the rug is worth repairing. Sometimes you could put more money into a rug repairing than it is actually worth. This may be ok if the rug has sentimental value to it but other than that you want to choose a company that will tell you about your rug honestly.
A lot of rug cleaning companies can do repairs for you. Since a rug will need to be cleaned before it is repaired it is important to make sure the company you select can do both. If a rug is not cleaned before a repair is done then the yarn used to make the repair may not be the same color as the existing yarn once the cleaning is done.
Some of the most needed repairs on rugs are putting on new fringe, rebinding the sides by hand, and reweaving parts of rugs with holes or rips in them. A professional rug repair shop will be able to do all of these repairs and more.
In the end, this is not a job that can be a do it yourself project. Find a reputable rug repair company and leave the tedious hard work to them.
The rug in the photo came in to our rug cleaning plant with damage to about 2' along one entire side of the rug. The rug used to be much larger than in the photo. The owner had stored it in a storage building rolled up on the floor. The storage unit got wet and no one knew until the owner went to the unit and found the rug had dry rotted along one side. We cut this rug down removing all the dry rot and bound the sides and gave it new fringe. The rug now has a new chance at life and should last years without any further issues.