Persian & Oriental Rug Low Pile Restoration
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If you have areas of low pile on your rug which has developed over time you may wish to restore it to its original condition. Low pile is less of an immediate danger than damaged fringes or sides but with extreme low pile the foundation becomes exposed and can lead to serious damage to the rug. Some people do not mind low pile as it shows age and character, it depends on the level of use and the extent which the rug is worn whether it is worth having it repaired, re-piled or re-dyed to cover areas of white foundation. Due to the nature of the repair an exact match in colour is not always possible but we have seen some almost perfect results over the years of repairing rugs for customers, rug dealers and ourselves.
Deciding on whether to get the rug repaired in this way depends on how much you are willing to spend and whether the rugs' value is high enough to justify its repair.
Almost any rug can be repaired, restored back to its original glory. Below is an old Heriz rug which had been finished at different levels at one end, probably caused by two weavers working at different rates. Although the rest of the rug was a beauty this really ruined it. We had the rug washed and then had the borders re-woven so that it was more uniform and the edges straight.
However not all rugs justify the work needed to bring them back to life. We recommend that most rugs if the sides or fringes start to fray be repaired as quickly as possible, this prevents further damage and is relatively inexpensive. However we always advise on a rug-by-rug basis for more structural and major repairs. Major projects of re-knotting large areas and reforming significant areas of foundationare rare but can often cost the same, if not more than a new rug of similar quality so is only normally advised for rugs of high sentimental or historic value.