At Persian Rug Imports we repair and
restore all carpets, rugs and runners both
old and new. We will not be beaten on
quality of craftsmanship or delivery of
service. We pride ourselves on delivering
exactly what our clients expect from us – the
highest level of client service, exceptional
cleaning and restoration and a tailored,
personal service to each and every one of
our clients. Every hand made rug is different so analysis is key. We provide no
obligation estimates & our advice is always free of charge.
We provide free pick up & delivery 7 days a week
Repair & Restoration
A good rug should have many decades of life within its fibers, but even the best-made hand knotted
carpets can fall prey to a variety of repairs. Everyday wear and tear alone will take its toll on your rug
over time - particularly to the heavily-exposed fringes. The damage is likely to be gradual. Far more
likely to be damaging to the carpet's wellbeing are moths, insects, and even pets. There are also a few
bizarre and often overlooked dangers, and water dripping from a nearby plant pot has put paid to
many a finely-crafted rug.
But whether you're talking unravelling threads, fading colors, or gaping holes, we can almost certainly
come to your carpet's rescue. At Persian Rug Imports we have vast experience to fall back on when it
comes to picking out the right remedy for your rug.
Fringes are almost always the first area on an Oriental or Persian handmade carpet or rug that will show signs of wear. The fringe is
simply an extension to the foundation the warp and weft base and run through the entire carpet, used to weave each wool or silk
knot around. When the weaving process is complete, the piece is cut from the loom and the excess warp strands are knotted and
finished – creating the fringe or ‘tassel’ as it is commonly known.
When the fringes begin to fray, often they come loose first from the stopping stitch used to hold down the knots onto the piece.
This stopping stitch is notorious for coming loose, allowing the knots previously held in place to come loose and erode the pile of the
rug from each end.
It is essential that fraying ends and fringes are attended to quickly. It is much easier to apply a new stopping stitch, identical to what
would originally been used, than it is to re-build and re-weave sections of the end which have been allowed to deteriorate and come
The process we refer to is called a ‘stop-end’ or a ‘level and secure’ repair, which will create a new fringed end and stop any further
deterioration. This is a relatively simple and straightforward process and we conduct this repair many times everyday for our clients.
The sides and the ends of Oriental rugs and carpets can often be the first area to show signs of wear and tear. The wools or silks on
a handmade carpet or rug are finished on each side with the warp and weft (foundations) being held in place and finished with what
we call the cord or cording.
This is completed by looping new wool or silk around the final piece of often thicker side warp, creating a tube -like
finish to the side, which is extremely hard wearing and designed to take the brunt of footfall.
The first sign of wear is characterized by either wools coming off the side, or small pieces of the cord material sticking out where the
wool or silk had split. In order to repair the sides of a rug, we first match wools to the piece. Antique wools or specialist silks can
often be difficult to exactly replicate, however getting it right is vital to the finished product once repaired.
Re-weaving and re-building threadbare areas of all Oriental and Persian carpets, rugs and runners is our speciality. We use highly
skilled repairers and restorers to carefully re-weave threadbare areas or extensively worn sections. Following the exact design of the
original piece, we will apply new wools, weaving the knots into the foundations of the rug to build the pile again and strengthen the
Holes and tears can easily be re-constructed and invisibly repaired – with no repair or restoration being too large or too small. A hole
may require the foundations to be established again before applying the new knots to the pile. We will initially construct a warp and
weft foundation (usually constructed with cotton, wool or silk), applying the tensions required to then re-apply the pile and re-build
moth infestation until damage has been done, and with moths naturally attracted to warm, dark areas it can be incredibly difficult to
The Carpet Moth is small and unassuming, but it’s the eggs which develop into larvae that cause the destruction. Laid in quiet,
warm and dark places by the female moth, the egg will normally hatch into a larvae within a few weeks. The larvae can live for
several months (sometimes years) inside the pile of rug. What better place to hatch than nestled in amongst a plentiful stock of food
to devour?! The larvae will live here, eating the wools to grow until it is ready to hatch into a young moth. The moth will live for a
relatively short space of time (normally one or two months) and it can cause little harm to carpets in this form. The concern though
lies with the female moth, which can lay up to 200 eggs in her short lifetime, so one can see quite easily how this problem can spiral
quickly out of control.
Moth damage can be repaired in a number of different ways – we can apply new wools and silks, re weave very damaged areas and
restore threadbare patched to invisibly return the piece to its previously undamaged condition. This can involve building a small hand
loom around the damaged areas and re-knotting and weaving the piece in the traditional methods.
At its simplest, cleaning a carpet is about extending its life.
Dirt particles and other impurities don't merely sit on the surface,
but are embedded in the pile of the rug, cutting and damaging
the fibers themselves. Over time, the carpet will fall apart. A basic
cleaning may remove some of the dirt from the surface, but
unless you're getting deep into the roots of the fibers, you're
doing little more than blowing away dust. We provide a sensitive
but deep-penetrating cleaning that washes every fiber from head to toe.
The drying process is just as important as the washing stage.
A carpet that doesn't dry properly is at severe risk of contracting
mold or mildew. These rugs can also suffer from browning,
where the water rises to the tips of the fibers before evaporating.
Dye bleeding is another side-effect of an inadequate drying
process. We'll ensure that your rug dries out gently but properly,
allowing you to enjoy it to the fullest, at its freshest.
However, our service is about far more than treating your rug
to the deepest most-nourishing clean that we can deliver.
Perhaps the most satisfying aspect of our job is seeing
once-vibrant rugs being restored to their former magnificence,
unlocking the glorious hues and tints of every fiber, and
allowing the rich carpet to shine out as it hasn't done
for years, decades or, occasionally, even centuries.
Below are a few tips for rug care and cleaning
*If recommended procedure is not effective call Persian Rug Imports. Some stains are so complex that they should be treated by someone with a knowledge of textile chemistry. Don't wait for annual cleaning. It may be too late to remove the stain.
We do not guarantee the methods but we do consider them as effective and reliable.