From Fringe Re-building to Complete Restoration, our Skilled Rug Repair Service is the Answer ..
You get decades of rug repair experience when you choose our service
Our chief repairer Zahra Akhondi is well known throughout our industry. She has worked for many of the most prestigious rug retailers in the world and has been repairing exclusively for us since 2009. Her reputation precedes her wherever she goes and we’re extremely lucky and proud to have her working exclusively for us.
Zahra is a master at what she does because weaving rugs is both a passion and a way of life for her. She began creating and repairing rugs as a young girl in Iran and by the time she emigrated to London many decades ago she was one of only a few repairers in this country who could use their skill to carry out complex restorations.
A stitch in time..
Minor problems such as a selvage that has unravelled or a fringe which is no longer secure can be very easily remedied.. if they are repaired in time. But these types of damage can quickly develop into more serious issues like loose wefts and warps, which will then lead on to lost knots and tears. Don’t let this happen to your valuable rugs unnecessarily.
Our most common rug repair is fringe stopping, but only because we advise our clients of the need to carry it out after we inspect their rug for cleaning. Contact us for advice early on and you’ll be surprised how quickly and cost effectively most repairs can be carried out.
Types of rug repair we can carry out for you:
There are two types of re-fringing we can carry out for you. The simple option is to cut back the existing damaged fringe and attach a ready woven fringe in its place which matches it in appearance. You won’t be able to tell the fringe is a separate woven piece that has been added onto the rug from the front, so this is a good option for you if your rug is not particularly valuable to you or if you need the repair carried out on a budget.
A better option is for us to cut back the original warp ends which constitute the damaged fringe and then weave on a new extension to each individual warp. This type of re-fringing is more faithful to the original construction of the rug and is completely invisible. Only a well trained eye would be able to identify it.
This is carried out when the end of a rug is no longer securely attached to the fringe area. If this is ignored the end wefts will eventually pull away and snap as they are walked on or vacuumed, leading to rows of pile damage and loss. We remedy this by simply securing the final weft to the warps along the base of the fringe.
The selvage can be easily repaired if it has recently come away from the rug or unravelled from the end warps. We always match the colour and type of wool so that the selvage looks original.
This is a repair which is usually carried out if a full restoration is required but not cost effective. In this case, if a section of the rug can be salvaged we cut out the damaged area and carry out the necessary selvage and fringe re-building to leave a smaller undamaged rug.
Dye bleed often occurs where an animal has urinated on a rug or after it has been cleaned incorrectly with alkaline cleaning solutions. If you have an area on your rug with dyes that have bled we can often correct the problem. Even if the offending dye colour cannot be removed we can still replace the wool or silk knots that are affected.
If a large section of a rug is damaged, including the foundation, it will require a full restoration or ‘re-build’. This is a complex rug repair which requires time and skill to accomplish successfully.
The rug below had a section torn off by a dog. It required securing to a loom and then re-building of the foundation by adding new cotton yarns to the damaged warps. At this point new dye-matched wool is knotted onto the warps to re-create the pile. This is a task twhich requires serious talent to emulate the original pattern with continuity and accuracy.
Moth Damage Re-knotting
Moths will eat the wool on a carpet all the way down to the foundation, leaving patches of missing pile. We can match the wool and re-knot these areas effectively. This is always done after the rug has been cleaned so that we can match the colour of the pile exactly.
Adding Leather Strips
The knots on some rugs, such as Bidjars, are so tightly packed that even high humidity can cause the edges to curl in. Leather strips sewn along each edge on the back of the rug help to obviate this issue and add extra stability.
Blocking & Sizing
Rugs which need reshaping due to shrinkage can be blocked and sized to get them laying flat.