The life expectancy of a Persian rug’s edges is merely a fraction that of the life expectancy of the rug itself. Much like you’d replace the tires on your car, your rugs will at some point need to have the edges attended to in order maintain your oriental carpet.
Your typical rug has four sides, two of which will be fringed while the other two are bound. (Find out about fringe repair). The binding, or surging as it is sometimes called, consists of the fibers wrapped around the outermost weft threads of the rug. Persian rug binding helps to preserve the integrity of your rug and to prevent unraveling and wear.
When to Take Action
When you begin to notice areas of wear on your rug binding, it is time to take action. This may not necessarily mean coming to see us immediately.
You may be able to buy yourself some time before making rug repairs by just rotating your rug to make sure the damaged surging is out of any high traffic areas. When you’ve exhausted your rotating options, it’s time to have your Persian rug binding repaired.
Keep in mind that it’s much easier (and less costly) to have your binding repaired than to have the edge of your rug rewoven after the binding is completely gone and the rug begins to unravel.
Our staff are the experts in how to repair rug binding. Most rugs will have a hand-wrapped wool surging, but some are made of silk and some are woven more intricately. Whatever the type, we can make any kind of repairs necessary, all done expertly by hand.
In many cases, we recommend that you replace at least one entire side of binding rather than do spot repairs. Why? This makes the repair less conspicuous and more durable.
In instances where the edges of the rug have begun to unravel into the pile of the rug, we review your repair options and your rug’s value so you can make an informed choice about the best course of action for your oriental rug.
You can expect to have to repair or replace your persian rug binding every 10-15 years or more in areas of high traffic. If you have had your rug for longer than 10-15 years, go take a good look at the binding, and please give us a call if we can be of assistance.
More Rug Services
Jahann and Sons provides a wide variety of rug services including professional cleaning, repairing, appraising and designing.
From Our Customers
“I was super impressed with the service and quality of this rug cleaning service. I called them, they came in two days (they offered to come the next day), gave me an accurate estimate and were polite and careful. Then, when the rug was delivered (also promptly), they arrived and laid out the rug to my liking. The rug looked amazing–we had inherited a dull, not very pretty rug. What came back to us was bright and beautiful without one stain on it. In addition, there was no odor from the cleaning. They were so wonderful to deal with every step of the process. I will never use anyone else!!!”
“They picked it up and delivered it according to my preference and did a wonderful job cleaning it!! It’s a very old rug so it looks so fresh and bright now! Also, their pricing beats the competition hands down.”
“I am so pleased with my experience with Jahann and Sons! I got a same day pick up of my beautiful Afghan rug; the owner himself picked it up for cleaning! In less than a week it was returned to me in amazing shape and a stain that I was concerned about was almost completely removed! I would highly recommend them for rug cleaning services. I’m so happy with my rug; Thank you so much!”
“Jahann and Sons has great prices and even more fabulous customer service. The owner is an honest and thoughtful man. We were looking for Persian rugs with specific colors and specific geometric patterns (Kahzak). He combed through many many rugs with us, and ultimately sent to his factory not once but twice to have them send several rugs he thought we might like. The first set wasn’t to our liking so he sent for more. He was very patient with us and gave us a great deal for two rugs. They are beautiful hand, woven wool rugs – top quality.”
Questions? Call us at 301-530-6660 to speak with one of our specialists.