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How to Repair an Oriental Rug
Repairing any sort of antiquity can be an undertaking. The item you're about to alter is precious in both value and sentiment. This might be a piece you've started to become attached to, or an heirloom that's stayed with your family for generations. No matter the form it comes in, sometimes things can happen and the rug gets damaged. Whether it's a household animal or a natural accident, a number of things could befall any item in your home. An Oriental rug is no different, and today we're here to inform you how to repair your carpet should anything befall it.
Step by Step
So your Oriental rug has received some damage. It could be the fringes, sides or foundation itself. Regardless of what portion of the rug finds itself in harms way, it's incredibly important to repair the rug as soon as possible. This leads us into our first step:
Typical Areas of Damage
Though an Oriental rug won't damage easily, there are two primary portions that will find themselves more likely to be in need of repair depending on the situation: the sides and the ends.
These areas can commonly receive damage, though not easily. The primary reason being is due to exactly where they're situation. When something is at the "end" it isn't protected by existing at the tighter, thicker portions of the product. At the end of an Oriental rug are frills that aid in keeping the rug's composition relaxed and luxurious. This is why these two areas are normal for damage.
Get your Rug Repaired Immediately
This step may be obvious but it should still be stated. The longer your rug is damaged, the more wear and tear may pop up. Let's say you've placed your Oushak at the center of your living room. It's stayed in your family for generations. You have kids of your own and one day while they're playing in the living room, a mishap happens. A frill that runs across the side of the rug has become a bit torn.
Now, visualize the amount of people that regularly come into the living room. Whether it's your family or a house guest, there is going to be a build up of that aforementioned "wear and tear". It can cause that small rip to become smother far larger. Think of it this way: would you rather a simple, straightforward repair, or something that becomes incredibly expensive and time consuming?
These are heirlooms and antiques after-all. They transcend the standard of house decor both thoroughly and extensively. To allow their quality to sully is to allow for a piece of art, a piece of the family to thoroughly degrade.
Outside of an immediate break, don't be afraid to bring in your rug for a regular checkup every few years. Doing so can ensure no accidental damage has been done and simply give an always welcomed peace of mind.
Hire a Professional
You can never go wrong with hiring a professional, and it's honestly the best course of action we can suggest.
We could give you DIY methods to fixing your carpet. The problem with this is that there is a balance of risk vs. reward like with any household item. The difference in an Oriental rug vs. any other sort of decor or even item for that matter is that it's an heirloom. These are fine pieces that were crafted hundreds of years ago, each fiber etched in history and tradition.
Furthermore, every Oriental rug is intricately crafted. They're not finished over the course of a simple few weeks--it takes months, sometimes even over a year. Hundreds of knots are woven together over but a small portion of the rug's surface area. The entire process is something lengthy to invoke the sense of grandeur that every single Oriental rug offers.
All of this totals into a need for a professional. Don't do it yourself--hire someone to fix it to ensure it continues to last generation after generation.
Repairing an Oriental rug can be seen as a typical facet in the grand scheme of things. All items, regardless of their standing, need to go through these trials and tribulations sometimes. We're happy to inform you of this streamlined process.
Until next time!