Rug Restoration and Repair

Gregorian Oriental Rugs offers a variety of rug restoration services to their customers. Below is a brief description of these services, but please feel free to contact Gregorian directly at 617-244-2553 with any additional questions.

Fringe Repair, which can include Overcasting, is a preventative stitching used to stop further unraveling of the end of a rug – the fringe. Overcasting preserves as much of the rug as possible, so that the end of the rug usually has an uneven appearance. Even off takes out the row of knots and the structural wefts until a straight line exists to a customer’s desired point. Invisible Overcasting is used so as not to show on the front of the rug. Restoring the fringe replaces each warp thread (the fringe) that is missing. For a less expensive or cosmetic repair, machine-made fringes can be hand-sewn onto the rug, overcasting first to secure the end of the rug.

Edge Repair varies depending on the region and type of rug. Most rugs are single, double or triple wrapped with wool, cotton or goat hair in a single color or multicolored.

Edge Restoration can be achieved in three ways: Partial edges means wrapping only where needed to maintain the sides of the rug. Full edges means re-wrapping both sides completely to restore the rug to its original condition. Rebuilding means to rebuild the structure of the edge and wrap.

Cosmetic Edge Repair is less expensive and can be achieved with machine wrapped edges. Curling edges can be straightened with an invisible stitch that sews the edges back. Steaming or ironing is usually temporary.

Holes from dry rot result when a damp rug is not properly or thoroughly dried. To repair holes caused by dry rot, the area is rewoven to match the colors and techniques of the original design. Ruined areas can either be cut away and a patch sewn in from another rug, or the rug size reduced by cutting the length of the rug above and below the holes. Sometimes, it’s preferable to use burlap and latex glue to keep the rotted area intact. General holes are repaired either by reweaving the foundation and knots, creating patches, or darning.

Moth Damage is repaired either by reweaving the foundation and knots, or using dye warps and wefts to match the pattern without reweaving the pile.

Worn Area repairs usually exceed the value of the rug. To prevent further wear, a sumac stitch can be used to protect the foundation of the rug and disguise the areas, or using dye warps and wefts to match the pattern without reweaving the pile.

Rips and Slits repair usually involve sewing the rug back together if possible and, if numerous slits occur, using latex glue to bind the warps and wefts.

Pet Damage, like cat pulls, require trimming tuffs of wool to create an even pile.

Size Reduction involves cutting and re-sewing when a rug’s area of use is smaller than the rug’s size. However this method of repair decreases the original rug’s value and is rarely recommended.

Lengthening Rug Size makes a hall runner from two or more similar rugs to create a continuous look. The two end borders are cut off and the two rugs sewn together. For stair runners, no cutting or sewing is necessary. And keep in mind, all rugs are hand-made and, although rugs look alike, no two rugs are exactly the same.

To display rugs on a wall, a hanging strip, or sleeve, is sewn onto the back of the rug. A brass rod is inserted into the sleeve.

Gregorian installs oriental rugs on stairs, straight or curved, simple to complex. And any rug purchased or being returned after repair, storage or restoration, is professionally delivered and installed to each customer’s specifications.