Repairing the edge of the rug

If the edges of your rug are damaged, it is important to fix the problem as soon as possible. The phrase, timely repairs will prevent major losses later on, is truer for nothing than for handwoven rugs. The border is the base of the rug and is vulnerable to damage and is usually the first part to suffer a tear. If the damage spreads, the rug pile may loosen or split, causing permanent damage to the affected areas.

You can stop further damage and make the rug smooth and even, and this can be done in several ways, depending on the type of rug and its condition, but the best thing to do is to solve the problem as soon as possible. If the problem is dealt with right away, no real damage will be done to the rug and the repair cost will be really low. The longer we ignore the problem, the more damage will happen. This damage can be prevented, but if it gets into the rug pile, the only way to completely restore the rug is to create more foundation, lift the edges and potentially re-tie the lost pile; which is a time-consuming and clearly more expensive process. Unless the rug is of special quality or a truly valuable piece, it is best to simply minimize the damage by securing the rug as before.

There are several ways to repair a rug border: the first and least expensive is to tighten the border if it becomes loose, or if some parts of the border are longer than others. In case of damage and irregularity, the border is tightened and cut tightly until all its parts are of the same length. This is done this way or, if there is a little damage to small areas of the ends of the rug, a few rows of knots are taken out of the rug to straighten the pile again.

If the rug itself has not been damaged so far, this usually does not harm the pattern as there is usually always a few centimeters of plain colored roll around the edges of the rug. Adding new borders to the inside of the rug is a more involved and expensive task, but it allows the border to be lifted without removing the knot from the rug. If there is no room to remove any knots without destroying the outer protective border, this is done by professionals, and in doing so there is the potential to reweave the affected areas. This method involves adding a new border through the rug foundation, which requires a lot of skill but has amazing results. What we always emphasize is to consider what is achieved and recommended based on the extent of the damage and the value of the rug.

The edges of the rug

The edge of the rug, also known as the edge of the rug, is what holds the rug together around it. Since the rug is woven from one side to the other (through the warp strands – a fringe that is not visible) there must be an end point. This is the end point created by the weaver and it keeps the shape of the rug and prevents the knots from unraveling. The longer the problem persists, the more damage will be done and the more expensive it will be to repair.