>No Area Rug is too small

> Luv-A-Rug cleaners in Victoria  has another small area rug for cleaning and repair.
It is a bit larger than our last small rug from Yugoslavia, that little rug was 8″by 15″.
This Pakistan woven bokhara (bo-car-ah) area rug and it is 12″ by 12″.

The ends are fraying which can often happen with bokhara rug.

Sometimes when they hand weave Pakistan rugs they do a few per loom and cut them apart. This leaves the sides of the rug raw, for lack of the a better word, and then they wrap around the edging.

The downside of that is the cut edge isn’t strong enough to support the wrapped fiber and it eventually pulls away from the rug, exposing the raw cut edge.

We can fix the side pulling away in three ways:

We can cut it off and do a machine overcast stitch, which is like the edge already on the rug only done in a synthetic fiber.

We can also do a binding as well.

Which edging you choose depends on the rug and your investment budget for the rug.

And thirdly we can do a hand repair. Which is what we did one this little rug.

We recommended a hand repair on this rug because the machine repair would have stood out too much.

The overcasting stitch would have been too thick for such a small rug to blend in and not scream ‘Hey look I was repaired’.

The client was very happy with the way the rug looks after repair.

He bought the Bokhara rug in England and was intrigued by the writing in the red strip. He thought it said something about the rug or the weaver or something inspirational.

He was told that it says: “Made of the Finest Quality for Western Market.”

Makes you wonder what other fascinating messages are written on area rugs and if the Chinese and Japanese symbols people get tattooed really say what we are told they mean.

Knowing what the rug said only made it more special and now with it repaired it will last for many more years.

Thanks for reading, RugloverMary, your local Victoria BC, area rug cleaning and repair expert

>What does new machine fringes look like?

>At Luv-A-Rug we do a lot of rug repairs, most of them are re-edging or fringe removal or replacement.  When fringes get too dirty, old or frayed  they can make a rug look older and dirtier than it is. The easiest thing for us to do is to remove the fringes and do a serged edge or a binding edge. Both look great, but it depends on the thickness, colour and your personal preference as to which one we do.

It isn’t easy to picture your rug with no fringes, they have always been part of the rug. We try our best to explain, but it really comes down to trusting our judgment.

When it comes to fringe replacement we actually try to discourage it. Why you may ask? It is a matter of the fact that the fringes are cotton and in a few years they will get dirty and the vacuum will eat them away. Then you’re back in the same boat as before having to re-do the fringes. Of course we will replace the fringes if that is what you want. We understand that not everyone likes the look of rugs without fringes.

Here is a video of what machine sewn on fringes look like.

Note: Even though most area rugs can have the fringes removed it doesn’t mean that they all should. Some rugs are valuable and should have the fringes taken care of by hand. We have turned away removing fringes from older rugs due to the age and value of them. The value I refer to is not the value you paid for the rug, but the value that age, type of rug and collectors have put on your rug.

You may be thinking that the customer is always right, but not always when it comes to area rugs. Not everyone knows a lot about their rugs. If we did a machine repair to your antique rug it makes it worth nothing, now who is responsible? Not you, but us because we should have known that your rug was an antique and we ruined it. Just watch that Antiques Road Show. Pretty much every show you hear, ” If this item hadn’t had this “insert repair” it would be worth thousands, but it is worth nothing”

That is why you should always have only knowledgeable professionals take care of your area rugs. Not just to make sure they don’t ruin a possible antique, but to make sure they know what they are doing and talking about.
Thanks for reading, RugloverMary

>Part 2-After the repair

>In November I wrote about a wool tufted area rug that was in for repair and cleaning

Here is what the rug looked like after we did our magic to it.

It looks like a brand new rug!!!!

My video skills are still in the learning stages as you can see.

I am so pleased, as are the owners of the rug, at how awesome it looks.

You may be asking, ‘Why we didn’t just re-glue the existing backing?’ Answer is that the old backing was too weak. Re-gluing it would have caused more problems and the client wouldn’t have been happy, especially after the back ripped where we didn’t glue it.

With us re-doing the whole back and binding the sides this rug will last for years.

Plus it is one less rug in the landfill!!

Thanks for reading and viewing, RugloverMary

>WAIT! Before you toss that rug read this

>Luv-A-Rug does more than just clean area rugs, we also do area rug repairs.

This 8×11 wool tufted area rug came to us looking like it was ready to retire and be replaced by a bright shiny new one. In most cases that is what would have happened, but this rug was loved and wanted by it’s owner.

This rug will see many more years once we are finished with cleaning and repair.

A lot of rugs get tossed in the trash because the owners think that they cannot be saved, this isn’t always the case.

  • If your rug gets flooded, we can dry it and kill all microorganisms.
  • If the colours have run in your rug, it can be fixed.
  • If the fringes have seen better days, we can replace or remove them.

Before you say goodbye to your rug bring it to Luv-A-Rug or have us pick it up.

We will tell you if it is worth saving or if it time to invest in a new one. Give us a call at 250-475-3922 or drop by at 2-4144 Wilkinson Rd

Thanks for reading, RugloverMary

>Need New Fringes on your Area Rug?

We received this beautiful Persian area rug for cleaning and fringe repair. The fringes got a little too much love from the vacuum cleaner and from use.

After a good deep cleaning we sent this rug to our hand repair guy to see what he recommended.

The fringes of the rug were only worn down to the knot and to do the usual overcast stitch to stabilize the rug would have been a lot of work for our rug repair guy and expensive for the client.

Our rug repair guy would of had to unweave the fringes and the kilim (the white flat part between the rug and fringes) then do the overcast stitching. Very time consuming and unnecessary for this rug.
This is the back of the rug showing the original knots after repair.

Our hand repair guy trimmed back the original fringes to the knots, made them even in length, and then he sewed a fringe to the top side of the rug.

The new fringes hide the original knots and give the rug a fresh look. When fringes get worn down or stained they make your rug unlovable.

Luv-A-Rug can either replace the fringes or remove them completely.

It doesn’t matter what kind of rug you have either wool, synthetic, hand made or machine made, if you love the rug, but the fringes aren’t pristine bring it to Luv-A-Rug.

We can make your rug look fresh and new with new fringes or a nice clean edge with binding or serging. We are located at #2-4144 Wilkinson Rd. at Interurban. 250-475-3922/ 1-800-886-2802.

Thanks for reading, RugloverMary

>Precious Treasure

Two weeks ago a client brought in three very precious treasured rugs she inherited from a dear friend who pass away.

They were all for cleaning and two were for repair. This one, that I am highlighting today, is a handmade type of rag rug and is very loved.

The edges were a little frayed and it was a bit faded from use. We gave it a good clean and then we put a binding around a four sides to stabilize the rug. The client was very happy with our cleaning and repair work.

Her beautiful rug can be used everyday without worry of it snagging and pulling apart. Plus she will no doubt think of her friend every time she sees it.

That is the best part of my job to help preserve a memory for someone. Area rugs are not just something to protect your floors, they are works of art and more importantly works of love.

This is the rug after cleaning and repair. It is just beautiful!

Thanks for reading, RugloverMary

>Fall back in love with your Persian Area Rug

>Two weeks ago today we had this Persian area rug brought in. It belonged to the husband’s mother and she had it for years.

They were now taking ownership of it and needed to have it cleaned and repaired. The wife also wanted to know how old the rug was and what kind of Persian it was. I did my magic of posting a picture of it on the Rug hub. It is the site for rug cleaners to ask questions and share their rug knowledge.

The response I got was that it was probably made in the 1920’s, so it is almost an antique, and is a Heriz. To learn more about Persian Heriz rugs visit www.spongobongo.com/Perk3.htm

The Heriz is just under 8 feet by 11.5 feet. The ends were fraying to the point where the body of the area rug was getting damaged. Our hand repair guy evened up the ends and did an over stitch to stop the rug from fraying anymore.

The owners of the rug were very happy with the results. After we cleaned the rug, the colours brightened and it became soft again.

It wasn’t hard to fall back in love with their Persian Heriz area rug. They have brought us the rest of their area rugs for cleaning and some we did a machine repair to. We edged them with binding and surging.

Another happy client and another example that your area rug may not be ready to retire just yet.

Thanks for reading, RugloverMary