When should you repair or restore a fine rug?

Just like old oil paintings, fine antique rugs also suffer from degradation over time.

While paintings often develop a yellowish, dull layer of dirt and oxidation after years of being displayed, fine antique rugs experience signs of deterioration that are, fortunately, reversible.

At Artisan Rug Care, restoring an antique rug is one of our specialties. We have the experience and knowledge that has been accumulated over the past three decades to give your rug the best care. Our rug restoration experts view each rug as valuable work of art, deserving of the best rug-cleaning techniques available in the industry. Additionally, we provide every client with the best customer service from the time we pick up your rug until we deliver your restored rug safely back to your home.

Reasons antique oriental rugs need restoration include:

  • Fringe surrounding the carpet is loose, missing fringes, worn out or dull in color
  • Rug binding presents signs of wear and tear
  • Dry rot, moth damage or torn/holey areas are compromising the rug’s integrity
  • Animal damage – signs of chewing, scratching or worn spots
  • Pile wear, such as flattening or stiffness

When visually examining your antique rug by spreading the rug’s pile apart, it often reveals unseen deposits of debris sticking to the carpet’s foundation. Look carefully for dirt particles at the base of the knots as well as along the weft and warp (see glossary of terms).

Dry rot often affects older textiles made of cellulose fibers like cotton, jute or flax. It is a gradual but progressive weakening and degradation of the antique rug fibers that can cause irreversible damage unless professionally restored. Dry rot occurs over time when the rug has remained subjected to moisture without being allowed to dry out completely.

Natural fibers used to weave antique rugs exhibit special properties that require specific restoration and cleaning procedures done by professionals. At Artisan Rug Care our rug restoration team begins addressing each rug’s unique needs by:

  • Finding the right yarn material and color for restoring or repairing antique rugs
  • Knowing how to protect areas surrounding the damage
  • Reconstructing all the damaged or missing warp
  • Re-knotting the pile and reconstructing damaged or missing patterns
  • Weaving the weft to tighten knots and reconstructing damaged or missing patterns
  • Binding the selvedges to prevent the edges of the rug from fraying or unraveling

We dedicate ourselves to providing you with the best information possible so you can make informed decisions about restoring an antique rug. We offer free assessments of antique rugs needing repair, cleaning and/or restoration. Rug assessments include detailed explanations of repair and restoration options available, as well as free pricing estimates.  If you have questions or need pricing information about restoration or cleaning services contact us today at (469) 387-6777

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