Contrary to popular belief, the fringes and edges of a handmade rug are not for decorative purposes. They are the extensions of the weft (horizontal lines) and warp (vertical lines) that form the rug’s foundation. The weft and warp are made from cotton, wool, silk or even jute, and if pulled, torn or damaged, will unravel the woven pile (knots) of the rug.
Top Four Reasons For Carpet Fringe Repair
Pets pulling the fringes
General foot traffic
Improper cleaning or lack of cleaning
Unfortunately, fringes are often the first part of the rug to get torn and damaged. Routine maintenance, as well as being diligent about handling minor repairs, will not only protect the rug, but also prevent further unraveling and more costly repairs. The extent of a rug’s damage, the type of rug it is, and the rug’s foundation fiber will determine how much repair work is required for the rug’s fringe. Securing the fringes with proper overcast stitches, implanting new fringes, re-weaving rows of damaged piles (missing nap), and making new fringes are all various options that can bring your rug back to its original condition.
Below are the stages of a rug’s fringe implant process. Keeping the border design intact, fringes were implanted, and secured.
The fringe repair below shows implants added at the knots of the tassels, while secured properly to prevent the original fringes from unraveling.
Below: An unraveled edge is repaired after both the appropriate wool and color match are chosen.
Beware Of Bad Repairs
Rug repair is a craft and learned skill. It also requires rug knowledge and integrity. Yes, integrity.
Most people may not know if the foundation of their rug is cotton, silk or wool. They rely on their rug cleaner to tell them.
Although a majority of handmade rugs have cotton foundations, a small percentage of rugs are wool on wool. Then, there are expensive, natural, 100% silk rugs with silk foundations. We have also seen some art-silk rugs with cotton foundations (made mostly in India and China.) If you have an expensive natural silk rug, you do not want to see the fringes repaired with art-silk. Do you want to deal with someone who will charge you for real silk, and then give you faux silk?
You must be careful to whom you give your business.
Fringe repair cannot be just cosmetic, or a façade hiding the unravelling foundation of a rug. Improper repairs will lead to further issues down the road.
We always recommend a handmade rug be repaired to its original condition. However, fringes can be cumbersome to manage, and costly to implant at times. Remember though, the value of your rug for resale, or insurance purposes may be somewhat compromised by the choices you make.
If your fringe is giving you a headache, there are other alternatives:
- – Remove the fringes, secure the ends, and hand weave the edge.
- – Tuck/fold the fringes, then cover them with a machine made fringe.
- – Secure and shorten the fringes for ease of maintenance.
Ready to Repair Your Carpet Fringe?
If you own an antique rug, a 100% silk rug or a family heirloom, we suggest investing the time and money to restore your rug’s original fringes.
Call us at 1.855.5.REVITA or fill out our contact form here to properly clean and repair the fringes of your handmade rugs.