How to Repair Oriental Carpet

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When used with rugs, the term "Oriental" often refers to a carpet made by hand in southern and southeastern Asian countries such as Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, India or Iran. These carpets tend to be expensive and often need professional cleaning and care provided by special carpet-cleaning and repair companies. Due to constant wear and tear, rugs and carpets tend to suffer rips, holes and worn areas. Inexpensive machine-made Oriental design rugs mimic the look of authentic handmade Oriental carpets. Homeowners armed with duct tape or glue can often repair these types of rugs at home.

Things You'll Need

  • Putty knife
  • Duct tape or glue
  • Examine the carpet carefully to identify the area(s) with tears or holes. If no fibers were lost when it tore, you can often temporarily repair the rug. Rugs with burns or ones missing large portions of the fibers need professional help. Always seek a professional opinion before attempting to permanently fix tears or holes in your rug.

  • Flip over the carpet and smooth out bumps and wrinkles. To help ensure your repair job looks as natural as possible, brush away any loose fibers or dust before starting the repair.

  • Push the fabric through the tear with a putty knife. Force the torn edges together so you can no longer see the tear.

  • Secure the torn edges with a piece of duct tape. Start at the top of the tear and keep the tape as dust-free as possible so that it will adhere to the rug properly.

  • Turn the carpet back over and inspect your repair job. The tape should be invisible and the rug edges should fit together seamlessly.

Tips & Warnings

  • Fix torn or unraveled fringe by purchasing replacement fringe at a hobby/fabric store, trimming the old fringe short and sewing the new fringe onto the rug.
  • For a more permanent fix, try gluing the edges of the carpet together instead of taping them. Just remember, this might cause further damage that professional rug repair services might be unable to remedy.
  • Avoid future tears and damage by rotating your Oriental carpets on an annual basis. This can also help you keep your rugs from excessive fading in areas exposed to the sun.
  • While vacuuming helps keep your rugs dust- and debris-free, overzealous vacuuming can damage your rug. Use the high setting on your vacuum so that it barely touches the carpet. Keep the vacuum away from the fringe to avoid knots and fraying.

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