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Including All Area Rugs 

At ABC, our oriental and area 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.

Area Rug 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
ABC Rug Repair Technician repairing seams on a braided rug.

Types of Oriental Rug Repair

End Repairs

  • Hand OvercastThe 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) to create an even fringe not foreign to the oriental.
  • Hand Fringe ReinsertionWarps (from top to bottom) are re-inserted into the foundation to replicate the original fringe. 
  • Hand Sew Pre-Woven FringeA 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 is removable, allowing the customer to restore the rug in the future, if desired. 

Side Work

  • Hand SergingA 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. 
  • Machine SergingA 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 BindingThis procedure is generally used for cut area rugs. A cloth binding is machine sewn on to prevent fraying of the rug.


  • PatchesA hole can be patched with another oriental rug or area rug with a similar design, but it is not always possible to obtain an exact match. This will protect the rug from any further damage. 
  • Hand Re-WeavingThis labor-intensive type of repair is also available, utilizing similar wool, silk, and cotton as originally used. 

Miscellaneous Oriental &
Area Rug 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 a non-certified 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. 

The determination of the actual dollar value of a rug is the job of a Certified Rug Appraiser. We will be happy to recommend one of these professionals to you if you like.

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of Rug Repair!

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ABC's Service Area for 
Pick Up and Delivery

Please click here for our Pick Up and Delivery Policy and our Pick Up and Delivery Service Areas.

If you do not live in our service area, please feel free to call or text our office at 607-272-1566 and arrange to send us your rugs by mail or through a delivery service such as Fed Ex or UPS.

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130 Cecil Malone Drive Ithaca, NY 14850


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Hole to be Patched

Back of rug 

Hole is patched with fabric and latex glue

Front of Rug

Patch applied-Hole Gone!