How Fine Area Rugs Can Be Repaired

Fine area rugs are meant to be enjoyed for decades; you want to use your rug as part of your living area, yet you feel conflicted about placing your rug where it may receive wear and tear. With a handmade rug you will probably experience less damage than you would with a wall-to-wall carpet. The natural fibers and millions of hand tied knots in a hand-knotted rug make it last around 50 to 100 years, and very easy to clean. But what if you have a burn, cut or stain that actually damages the fibers? Alyshaan Fine Rugs in Scottsdale is experienced with restoration and repair of handmade rugs and restoration of Antiques.

If you have done the research on how to repair a handmade rug, whether hand knotted or woven, you have already learned Rule Number One. Take your rug to a professional rug repair service! Alyshaan Rugs Scottsdale has the experience, reputation and testimonials to ensure that your handmade rug will be repaired or restored properly.

Here are the worst-case scenarios and how they can be repaired:

Tears Tears - Your 8x10 hallway runner from India is torn by the scrape of a sharp edge over your rug while moving a piece of furniture. The tear may be all the way through the backing or it may just be enough to expose the backing. The experts at Alyshaan can give you the best advice on what it will take to repair the slice, so it is not visible. The method of hand stitching and matching threads is one that only an expert rug master can accomplish.

Rug damage Holes - When your new puppy chews a hole in your treasured rug or your young student artist gets carried away with scissors, a hole may seem impossible to repair! The art of reweaving a hole is one that professional rug restorers can accomplish. The technique requires trained skill to weave the exact pattern and colors onto a backing that meshes perfectly with the existing rug. If you have ever burned a hole in a wool garment, you can understand how intricate the repair process is. The Alyshaan staff employs only the most experienced artisans to repair your rugs.

mg-image-9Stains - Red wine, food, pet accidents and other spills can usually be removed with cleaning. However, suppose the spill happens to be bleach or another chemical that destroys the dye color. A candle or cigar ember can sear away the strands of yarn. Neither the rug, nor the backing is harmed; however, you are left with an unsightly scar on your beautiful rug. Again; an experienced professional is a must to repair these conditions properly.
The Alyshaan Cleaning and repair Service will give you the comfort of knowing your repair will be done correctly. The extent of damage must be assessed first, then the repair staff will give you an estimate of the repair cost. They assure that you will not be encouraged to make a repair that is unreasonable when compared to the value of your rug. Although they guarantee that a repair will restore your rug to perfection. However, through communication and analysis, Alyshaan will strive to bring your work of art to as close to its original state as possible.

No matter what your location, give Alyshaan Rugs Service a call at 480-607-4955. You can discuss your repair requirements and receive advice about the best cure for your problem.

By Allison Edrington.


Fine Handmade Rugs From a Dog's Perspective

Hello there! I am a gorgeous mostly white Labrador Retriever. I live in a fine country home that has lots of cherry wood furniture, leather seating and fine handmade wool rugs. I have a big brother who is a hairy Golden Labrador Retriever mix. I am telling you this so you may understand how much our people-parents must love us because we are allowed to rest most anywhere we want. Here are a few stories and suggestions about how we treat our fancy environment.

Rugs and Puppies

When I was a puppy, my first exposure to a rug was in my whelping box with my litter-mates and mom on a fluffy red blanket. I liked to chew on the papers the people put down and chewing on the blanket was a comfort to me. I was the runt of the litter and often had to wait for my food.

When I moved in with my full-time parents, I had an entire laundry room with papers, ceramic tile floor, a cheap-o rug and a kennel with blanket. Once again, chewing was my favorite pastime. When I joined the family in our great room, the huge 75-year-old rug was such a cozy, warm place to cuddle, that I quickly made it my favorite spot to curl up with my big hairy brother. I never got into trouble on this rug, because it was like my kennel, which I considered to be my sanctuary. Doggies will not mess up where they sleep and live.  So you might say I was well trained as a small pup.

First Year Training

I was such a good puppy that during my first year, I only had to sleep in my crate with its blanket and pillows. The rest of the time, I was allowed to be anywhere my people were. This is where I got into trouble. My parents have a nice condo in town where we like to go walk in the park, dine out and visit friends. When I was about six months old, my people decided to let me be free in the condo, since my big bro could look after me. (He is a perfect angel!) While he slept, I found that I could pick up the large wool and silk hand-woven runner in the bedroom and run with it into the living room. This was so much fun that I plopped down and folded up the runner to gnaw on my new found treasure. When mom and dad returned from dinner, I was banished to my kennel. I had managed to chew a perfect circle in the middle of the runner. Even worse, I had eaten the wool and silk, so there was no trace of the missing piece.

In a few weeks, the runner came back to the condo, only now it was two rugs instead of one. My parents had a great rug store owner friend whose people split the runner and surged the frayed ends. I NEVER chewed on rugs again. It really did not taste that great anyway!

Adult Dogs and Fine Rugs

I have complete respect for my family’s furnishings, so I am allowed to snooze on the leather sofas, stretch out on the rugs and sleep beside mom on my dog bed covered with a damask quilt.
The only issue my doggie parents have is dog hair! My lab hair is very fine and white. My brother’s hair is longer and golden. When you visit, you will probably not want to wear black, unless you adore doggies! The fine rugs all have deep red or blue backgrounds with rich colors in the designs. Of course, our hair shows up all the time! Spring and Summer are the worst times, because we shed our winter fur.

So what does my mom do? She is so smart! She has a housekeeper! We have the sweetest lady who comes to our house every week to vacuum and clean up all the dog hair on the rugs and wood furniture.  If we are shedding a lot, mom may vacuum the traffic areas in between our housekeeper visits.

My brother and I have had an occasional upset tummy and for some reason it always hits us when we are near a fine rug. However, we are quite fortunate that our parents feel sorry for our upset. Mom gets paper towels to blot up the mess, and then she uses a damp cloth to gently wipe the stain. Mom has even spilled a glass of red wine or two on these rugs, so what is the big deal? She just knows how to get onto the stain quickly and soak it with cold water and a wet cloth.

As my brother and I age, we know the rugs may take a beating with accidents or shedding. But the good news is that our parents spare no expense in their choice of floor coverings, so they really have no issues with our presence at all times, in all rooms! When we are raised with fine things, we respect their beauty just like it is our crate or kennel or home!


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