Restoration can go as far as re-weaving a significantly large worn / missing area of a rug or simply putting fringes together. When necessary, we use hand spun wool & tailor made vegetable dyes individually mixed for colour matching. We do not use machinery to repair rugs as they will do more harm to your rug, all the jobs done by hand weaving or knotting through the foundations of the rug.
We perform the type or repair work that is right for each rug while keeping within customer's wishes. Each rug we deal with is examined to determine the appropriate job, whether it will be restoration or simple repair work. Upon inspection of your rug, we will advise you with our recommendations and exact cost. The decision to proceed is yours and there is no charge for repair evaluations.
Rug Repair / Restoration Process
1. Pre Inspection
First, we inspect your rug to identify the damage, the cause and various options to correct it. We aim to fix your rug permanentely that you can enjoy using your rug in many years to come without worrying about further damage. Rugs are made to last for very long time if maintaned well.
The most common repair job we recieve is fringes as they are the first elements of the rugs to get damaged through use and vacuuming. Majority of rugs have cotton fringes, that is the extension of the warps (vertical foundation threads) holding your rug together. Some rugs have wool or silk warps, but the main point to understand is the fringes are not there for cosmetic reasons, they are effectively what your rug is built on.
If you lost some or all the fringes and some of the pile is coming off, we have three options available for you. First, we can remove some of the pile until beyond the worst effected spot and warp threads will be exposed as new fringes. Secondly, instead of weaving new fringes on existing warps, we can do an overcast stitch and fix a pre-fabricated fringe at the end of the rug. Needless to say, first solution will provide a much more authentic looking finish.
Or we can bring your rug to its original state by restoring rather than repairing. This is done by anchoring in new warp threads into your rug and re-piling the damaged areas and creating new fringes.
3. Side Repairs
Side cords hold the weft threads (running horizontally from left to right) attached to it in place, it is an important part of the structure. This cord holds the rows in place. After fringes, thay are likely to get damaged through use, once it is detached, it should be repaired immediatley to prevent further damage or pile loss.
4. Securing Small Holes
Due to use, aging, furniture placement, small holes or tears may appear on your rug. When that happens, if it is suitable, we can do embroidery stitching to strengthen damaged area to protect the foundations from further friction. If the hole is significant, then patching or re-weaving will be needed.
5. Patching Holes
This is a more cost effective method of repairing for small holes. Instead of re-weaving, we can weave a piece to fit in its place and stitch it to the rugs warps and wefts. This is not a recommended way of fixing a hole as you are not re-stating the structure of your rug, you are only patching it cosmetically. However, the value of the rug in question may be a factor for considering this option. We can also advice you on that.
6. Re-weaving Holes, Torn Areas
We have the ability to re-weave holes and worn areas. Holes are repaired from the foundations by attaching new cords individually to rug's own warp and wefts. Then same design and style (Turkish or Persian) knots for pile woven on newly restored foundations. Naturally, this is the most time consuming restoration job, the amount of time will depend on the fibre of the rug, design and density of the knots.
Other Repair / Restoration Jobs We Provide:
Colour run removal
Velcro fittings to hang the rug on the wall
Fixing curled edges and corners