Oriental Rug Repair

ABC Rug Repair Technician repairing seams on a braided rug.

At ABC, our oriental rug repair process uses the combined knowledge and experience of our entire staff. Any repairs we suggest will be based on our understanding of the fiber and construction of each individual rug. It is our wish for any repair we do to be as true to the weaver's original design as possible while retaining as much of the rug's value as possible following the repair.

Our oriental rug repair facility is not limited specifically to handmade oriental rugs, but to any number of area rugs, including but not limited to:

  • Navajo Rugs
  • Zapotec Rugs
  • Hooked Rugs
  • Belgian Wool Rugs
  • Dhurries
  • Karastan Rugs
  • Courestan Rugs
  • Custom Rugs
  • Braids

TYPES of ORIENTAL RUG REPAIR

End Repairs

  • Hand Overcast

    The rug is first unraveled to the last undamaged row of pile. An interior hand stitch is then inserted, locking into the foundation to secure the weft line (from left to right) and create an even fringe not foreign to the oriental. This type of work is for preservation.

  • Hand Fringe Reinsertion

    Warps (from top to bottom) are re-inserted into the foundation to replicate the original fringe. This is a restoration process.

  • Hand Sew Pre-woven Fringe

    A pre-woven fringe is hand sewn on to the end of the oriental (both ends, if necessary). This will stop any further unraveling and make the rug look presentable. The fringe can be removed, allowing the customer to restore the rug in the future, if desired. This is a temporary solution.

Side Work

  • Hand Serging

    A hand sewn stitch is applied, which binds the edges (sides) of the oriental, protecting it from unraveling. There are several different stitches and styles depending on the country of origin. This is for restoration.

  • Machine Serging

    A stitch is sewn, with a machine, which binds the edges (sides) of the carpet, protecting it from unraveling. This is a temporary solution and NOT recommended for hand-made rugs.

  • Cloth Binding

    This procedure is generally used for cut area rugs. A cloth binding is machine sewn on to prevent fraying of the rug.

Holes/Tears

  • Patches

    A hole can be patched with another oriental rug or area rug with a similar design but will almost certainly not be an exact match. This will protect the rug from any further damage. This is for preservation.

  • Hand Re-Weaving
  • This labor-intensive type of repair is also available, utilizing similar wool, silk and cotton as originally used. This is for preservation.

Miscellaneous Repairs

  • Cutting Rug to Size
  • Decorative Chain/Cashmere Stitch
  • De-Curling of Edges on Rug
  • Dye Removal~~Heat-seaming of a Rug
  • Leatherette Stripping Application to Edge
  • Reversing Scrim on Hooked Rug
  • Specialty Fringe Work
  • Spot Dyeing
  • Tack-Out (Squaring) of a Rug or Tapestry
  • Tea-Washing of Fringe
  • Velcro Application for Hanging Rug or Tapestry

RUG APPRAISALS

The insured value of an antique or semi-antique oriental rug is quite a bit higher than the market value (for replacement purposes) and is typically lower than the sentimental value. It is recommended to have the value of any appraised item(s) in the home assessed every 5 years.

We will come to your home for a nominal fee and produce an appraisal of each of your rugs including identification, knot count, a complete description and an estimate of the market value. This appraisal will be based on our combined experience and schooling.

ABC's SERVICE AREA for PICK UP and DELIVERY

For a list of areas we service for pick up and delivery of area rugs, oriental rugs and specialty rugs for cleaning and repair in our plant, please click here.


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Hole to be Patched

Back of the Rug-
Patch is applied with Latex Glue

Front of the Rug
After Patch Applied-
Hole Gone!