Repairing Rips, Tears & Holes in Persian Rugs
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Clients often worry that once a hole or tear has formed that their rug is ruined. We have known customers to throw out their rug after such damage (we would urge you to never throuw out a handmade rug! It may be beyond a state of viable repair but could still be recycled to have some form of purpose).
At Little-Persia we can restore rugs with rips, tears and holes; the time and cost involved in these repairs can vary enormously depending on the size of damage, the number of knots per square inch and whether the foundation of the rug is effected or can easily be repaired.
Often, if there is a lot of damage, a repair may not be feasible as it would cost a similar amount to repair as to replace, however almost any damage is fixable, that is the beauty of a handmade rug. If your rug is particularly damaged or you are thinking of throwing it out please don't. Donate it or hand it in, we can always recycle the wool for other repairs and may be able to offer a little cash for it depending on condition.
Repairing a rug with a rip and fairly large hole - first the foundation had to be built on to the existing warp and weft then the rug re-woven following existing patterns and using similar coloured wool. This repair took place here in our Glasgow gallery.
For extreme cases of damage to high quality and valuable rugs where more thorough work, such as when a rug needs re-knotted in large areas, we are able to use our contacts to send the rug back to Iran (or its place of origin) to be repaired. This is obviously a lengthy and relatively expensive process but the results are breath-taking.
We recently had a large Nain rug repaired in Iran, we will be using this as a case study to show the process that is gone through while carrying out a major repair, to view a step-by-step illustration of the work involved visit our major rug restoration page. The only viable option for high levels of structural or major repairs is to send the rug to Iran; labour and wool costs in the UK is prohibitive and the ability to source the correct colours is limited. This is only a realistic option for certain rugs and the work can take considerable lengths of time. The Nain rug had to have a large section re-knotted, the project taking around 9 months to complete.
Our biggest ever repair, the whole border of a large Nain was re-knotted in Iran.