How To Maintain Oriental Rug Edges

The main part of the beauty and aesthetic appeal of oriental rugs is their design and quality, which usually is what makes the money worth spending on these timeless art pieces. However, this doesn’t mean that you should forget about the rug edges, as the moment the edges start fraying, it can lend an overall tired look to your gorgeous rug. The first thing you need to do if you notice the edges of your rug are fraying is to send your rug for repairs, and to take steps to reinforce your rug edges from breaking down because it shows that the rug is no longer in good condition. But what can you do to maintain oriental rug edges? Read on to find out more about rug repair and restoration.

Send Rug For Re-Stitching

For rugs which have begun to fray, it’s a good sign that the edges need reinforcement. It means the rug has already been around for quite a long while, or has withstood substantial environmental or seasonal effects. Oriental rugs are delicate and expensive, so this is certainly not a task for just anybody. You should certainly look for an experienced and professional rug repair company that can get the rug properly stitched. What the company will do is to ensure the rug edges are re-stitched with what is known as an ‘overcast stitch’, using very sturdy thread that is designed to hold thick rugs and maintain their edges. This will enable your rug to last and maintain its appearance for much, much longer.

Understand Rug Edge Type

All rugs are different, and depending on the material, fabric used, height of pile, base, weight, and other factors, there may be different ways in which you need to handle the situation. Most of the time, your rug would be stitched by hand, instead of using any machinery, in order for the job to be done to the best standard possible and so the stitching will last very long.

Preventing Rug Edge Fraying

Aside from repairing your rug, you can also take steps to make sure that there is a lower chance of these edges fraying. By taking such measures, you can do your part to ensure the longevity of your precious rug.

  • Rugs on the walls, for obvious reasons, last much longer than rugs on the floor. But it doesn’t mean that floor rugs don’t last long – quality rugs will go a long way as long as they are properly cleaned and cared for. If you use your oriental rug as a floor rug, be sure to send it for professional cleaning and care every so often.
  • Prevent twisting or bending the ends of rugs. Often this may happen without our knowledge, for example when it is bent by furniture legs. Avoid putting furniture on or near the ends of carpets so you can prevent lots of friction on those areas regardless.
  • If you have pets, you may want to avoid having expensive rugs! Animals that are allowed to roam around the house, such as cats or dogs, may bite or scratch at your rugs and you won’t be able to let them last for very long. If you do have pets but still want to keep an oriental rug, you may want to hang your rug on the wall or somewhere out of reach of your pets.

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