Persian & Oriental Rug Fringe Repair

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If your rug fringes are damaged it is important to fix the problem as soon as possible. The phrase 'a stitch in time saves nine' could never be more true than with handmade rugs. The fringe is the foundation of the rug and being exposed it is often the first part to be damaged; if the damage spreads the pile can become loose and unravel, permanently damaging the affected area. We can halt further damage and straighten the fringe, which can be achieved in a number of ways depending on the rug and the condition, but it is best to deal with the issue as soon as possible. If the problem is dealt with immediately there will be no real damage to the rug and the cost of fixing it will be fairly small. The longer the problem is left the more damage is likely to occur. This damage can be halted but if it has spread to the pile (see below) the only way to fully restore the rug is to create more foundation, lengthen the fringes and potentially re-knot the lost pile; a time-consuming and considerably more expensive process. Uunless the rug is a particularly good quality or valuable piece it may be best to simply minimize the damage by having it secured as it is - we will of course advise the most sensible course of action.


This fringe has been allowed to unravel to the extent that there is damage to the pile of the rug.

There are various methods of fringe repair: The first and least expensive option is to secure the fringes if they have started to become loose, this can also be done if the fringe is longer at some parts than at others. The fringe can be secured and cut to an even length if messy or damaged. This can be done as is or, if there is small amounts of damage to small sections of the ends of the rug a few rows of knots can be removed from the rug in order to make the rug pile even and straight once more. If the rug has not already been effected this does not usually have any detriment to the pattern as there is almost always a few centimetres of plain coloured rool around the edge of a rug.


Here the fringe is secured and tidied and should prevent any further damage. This is advised for rugs where there is no or little damage or where the rug does not justify the amount of work required to add new warp strings.


Adding new fringes internally to the rug is a more involved and costly process but allows the fringe to be lengthened without removing knots from the rug. This can be carried our if there is no room to remove any knots without eating into the outside guard border and in doing so also has the potential to allow re-knotting of damaged areas. This can be achieved here at Little-Persia.


This method involves adding new fringe from within the foundation of the rug, skilled work but with amazing results. As always we will advise on what can be acheived and what we recommend based on damage and value of your rug.