Oriental Rugs, Vintage Rugs, and Antique Rugs by Peter Pap

Rug Restoration

Many rugs show the effects of use and wear over time. The following are examples of some of the more common types of restoration.

These pictures show wear to the foundation of the rug. Some people choose to color in the white threads to disguise the wear. If you suspect this might have been done, take a wet white cloth and rub the worn area to see if color comes up.

foundation wear
Foundation wear
  close up
Close up of foundation wear

The plain ivory border on the end, which had been missing, has been masterfully rewoven. Note in the photo of the back how well the weave is matched, and on the front, the quality of the color and surface.

Reweaving - back
Reweaving - front

Sometimes you'll see an antique rug that has a well-done restoration, but over time, the dyes in the wool that were used have faded, resulting in what you see here. We discourage tinting the area as it won't last. One either has to live with it or have it redone.

faded dye
Reweaving with faded dye

This photo shows the edge of a rug, often referred to as "selvedge," that is in need of repair. Because this damage has been allowed to creep into the body of the rug, the repair will be more involved than a simple rewrapping of the selvedge.

edge damage
Edge damage

When a rug is allowed to begin to unravel at the end, it results in a look like this. A simple overcasting with a buttonhole stitch or whip stitch can correct this and prevent further unraveling.

edge loss
End loss
whip stitch
Overcasting with whip stitch
buttonhole stitch
Overcasting with buttonhole stitch