Is your handmade area rug in need of a repair? Did the vacuum cleaner take a bite out of your fringe?

A well-made handmade rug is exactly that, well made. Comprised of quality materials and expert craftsmanship, these rugs are made to last generations if properly maintained and cared for. A solid foundation, high end wool or silk and quality dyes, all attribute to a rug being worth a substantial amount and being able to last generations.

Although well-made and able to handle significant foot traffic, a rug repair can sometimes be inevitable. A rug repair can vary from minor repairs such as securing the fringe or repairing the side cord, to on at times require complete restorations. Many times these repairs blend in so well, one will never know a problem existed.

Finding a quality rug repair artisan is very important, as substantial knowledge of rugs and how to repair them is imperative to a quality restoration.  Also, having a fair understanding as a consumer can help make finding the right expert for the job much easier. Many of these traditional handmade area rugs are no longer being made, which makes them that much more valuable and worth repairing.

One common concern of traditional area rugs is structural damage. These repairs are very important to have done before it is too late. If the foundation is left un-repaired, it’s a good chance the repair will turn into a restoration which is much more costly and time consuming.

The most common of these structural repairs is the fringe or side cords coming undone. If caught early enough, both of these repairs are somewhat minor and will protect the knots of your rug from coming undone.  Vacuum cleaners, pets and major traffic ways are the most common reasons for these damages to occur.

Vacuuming a rug is a very important step that should be done weekly. One good practice is to vacuum the rug from side to side instead of top to bottom. This method helps to not allow the fringe to come in contact with the vacuum.

Another very important step is to have your rug washed every 3-5 years. This is extremely important in not allowing many damages to occur. When you wash the rug, you are getting rid of any deep down dirt and possible insect larva. You are also reconditioning the face fibers and refreshing the natural fibers.

Not washing a rug allows the dirt embedded in the rug to essentially grind away at the fibers. This is how a great deal of damage is caused.

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