HELP! My new rug doesn’t look so new

Latex on back of hand tufted rug

A couple of weeks ago Luv-A-Rug receives an e-mail from a lady in Victoria, BC about her rug that she bought on the Internet. She included a couple of photos of her issue with it. The back cotton binding was not completely glued down so someone just slapped on some latex glue and didn’t make it look professional or pretty.

Now you may be thinking that it is the back of the rug, who should care about that. Let me ask you this: if you just bought a new rug would you want to have it looking like that straight from store? The online store she bought it from was not the place that shipped it. When she called the store and told them about the issue, they were not impressed either. They called the shipper/manufacturer and told them that they had shipped an imperfect rug.

The rug owner is hoping the rug manufacturer will pay for the whole repair and not just part of it, since it was their issue to begin with. This is an easy fix for Luv-A-Rug to do. We can just use proper latex glue to re-attach the back binding.

Back edge lifting off from rug

Here is the rug unrolled a bit and you can see the back binding is lifting from the rug. This is not just in this one spot, it is all around the edging on the back. Plus you can also see that the cotton backing on the rug is rippling. Sometimes the backing can be pulled off the rug and replaced, but it can be more than the owner is willingly to invest.

Luv-A-Rug is not a fan of this type of construction because of the lack of quality control by the manufacturers. Some hand tufted rugs have a foul odour, which is permanent, the wool sheds excessively, and the latex glue holding the rug together breaks down and causes white dust to fall out.

I wrote an article about hand tufted rugs on our website. The biggest reason why I don’t like these rugs is they walk a very grey line by calling them hand-made which gets confused with hand-knotted. Not all hand tufted rugs have issues, just enough of them do to give them a bad reputation. If you smell the rug first and test to make sure it doesn’t shed excessively you can enjoy a hand tufted rugs for years. Unfortunately there isn’t anything that can be done once it starts shedding the white dust.

Another thing you may be asking is why didn’t she just send the rug back and buy a another one. The answer is simple, she likes the rug and it took her a long time to find the right colours and size. This happens a lot when you need a rug a certain size and has particular colours or design.You may have to invest in repairs because you cannot replace the rug. Last week we had our hand repair lady fix a tufted rug because the wool had fallen out in little clumps. She had bought the rug here in Victoria last year and when she went back to re-order the same rug, she got an unpleasant surprise.

The rug she owns is not made any more and there is nothing that had the same colours. Since she had decorated around the rug it is not an option to replace it. This is why people put up with imperfections, and pay for repairs and work around them because when you find the perfect rug it is not always replaceable.

When you are looking to buy a new rug in Victoria, BC call us at Luv-A-Rug 250-590-6210/ 800-886-2802, and we can give you a list of reputable rug galleries we trust. Thanks for reading, RugloverMary- rug repair knowledgeable

HELP! The rug I love is not the right size.

It is not always easy to find the perfect rug, whether it is the right colour or right shape and size. There are ways to find the perfect rug, or you can make a rug into the perfect rug. when looking for good area rugs don’t forget about going to reputable auction houses.

In Victoria BC we have two very good auction houses where you can get a great deal on area rugs, Lund’s Auction and Kilshaw’s Auctioneer. Luv-A-Rug gets a lot of rugs brought in for cleaning and repairs that were bought at either Auction House. We had one such rug find brought to us by a lady who frequence the auctions a couple of weeks ago, but it wasn’t quite perfect.

Her rug is a 7×11 Turkish rug and it is not in perfect condition, but she got it for a steal of a price. The rug is a bit too big for the space where she wants to use, so Luv-A-Rug is going clean her rug and trim it down to the size that fits. Here is my video showing what we are going to do to her Turkish rug.

It is important that you know that you can have perfect rug for your home, it just may need some tweaking. Luv-A-Rug as made runners out of little 2×3 scatter mats a client bought at Capital Iron here in Victoria. We are usually only limited by the rug construction and your budget.

Now I will note that Luv-A-Rug will not do this to any old rug. We respect and care about rugs, so if you brought us a valuable rug we would refuse to cut it up, but we can always do an authentic hand repair to restore your antique rugs to a usable and lovable state.

Have you ever found the perfect rug that wasn’t quite the right size or shape? Did you buy it and get it tweaked? I would love to see how you made not so perfect rugs work in your home. Leave me a comment on what you did to make it work or send me pictures to mary.luvarug@shaw.ca with the subject line “How I made my rug perfect”

Thanks for reading, RugloverMary- I look forward to your rugs.

>Hand Repair on a Persian Carpet

It is heartbreaking when you see your precious area rug slowly get eaten away by the vacuum cleaner and every day use. The first thing to go is usually the fringes and then the corners start to unravel. When you love your rug you want to keep using it for many more years.

When we, Luv-A-Rug, see rugs that can benefit from repairs we let you know what options are available for your rug. For hand-knotted rugs we like to do an authentic hand repair on them. Hand repairs look original, when done right, and are a great investment to preserve your beloved rugs.

On May 18th a lady from Nanaimo BC brought in her 2.4×3.3 foot Persian area carpet for cleaning and repair. All four corners of her little Persian were fraying to a point where soon she would start to lose some of the pattern.

After we cleaned her rug with wool safe shampoo and clean water our Armenian hand repair expert re-weaved the corners seamlessly. If you didn’t know that the corners were fraying you would have hard time seeing the repairs. The only real way to tell is the fringes on the corners are brighter than the rest.

When I take before and after pictures it is hard to get the same lighting even with photo tweaking that is why the rug looks yellower in the after pictures.

Here is too many happy repaired rugs, RugloverMary

>Area Rug Repairs

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Rug repairs includes more than just worn away fringes

Anytime you need to have a repair done to your area rug it can be hard to imagine what it will look like. To take some of guess work away we have added a new page to our website.

As we do more repairs more pictures will be added. Even when we do the same repairs to different types of area rugs the end results look different. Our most popular repair is fringe removal and adding a binding ribbon edge or a serged/overcast edge. Depending on the type of rug you own can determine which works best for your rugs.

Along with removing fringes we can also add machine sewn machines to you rugs. We have three different styles in three colour choices. When your rug is valuable we prefer to do authentic hand repairs to keep the integrity and look of you rug.

We have also shortened rugs to fit in a new room, or to remove moth damage or even where a puppy has chewed a corner off. When you have left over carpet pieces from getting new wall to wall carpet installed we can bind the edges to make little scatter mats for you. When you want left over carpet turned into scatter mats they can be square, rectangle, round and even oval in shape. If you give us the dimensions we can cut it.

When you need new carpet cut for your boat we do that too. Bring in your existing piece for a template and a new piece of carpet and we cut to exact size and bind the edges. Luv-A-rug does a lot more than just clean area rugs. Bring us your rug that isn’t in perfect condition and we will see what we can do to make it lovable again.
Thanks for reading, RugloverMary

>How would your rug look without fringes?

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When your area rug is new the fringes/tassels are crisp and fresh. After years of being vacuumed up and walked on the fringes look tired and worn and may be stained, so what can be done?

For most area rugs we can remove the fringes completely or we can replace the fringes. On hand knotted rugs we do authentic hand repairs to the fringes.

When posed with the question, “Would you like us to remove your fringes?”, it can be hard to picture your rug without the fringes. Here is an easy way to make that decision:

Here are more before and after pictures of area rug repairs that we do at Luv-A-Rug.

Dingy and worn out fringes make a rug look older than it is and you fall out of love with your rug. Let Luv-A-Rug in Victoria BC make your rug lovable again.

Thanks for reading, RugloverMary, your Victoria and Vancouver Island BC rug cleaning and new fringe expert.

>Do you have a Curvy Area Rug?

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How does an area rug develop a curve in it?

The answer:

  • Not using the right under pad.
  • Putting the rug on carpet
  • Having furniture on one area and walking on the rest
  • It was that way when it as made
  • One side got wet and shrunk

There are many ways an area rug can warp put of shape, but it can be repaired.

With a combination of blocking and sizing a rug can be made straighter and help get out stubborn wrinkles. Please only use a professional to do this.

This rug is not getting straightened at this time, but the client knows that it is possible.

If you have an area rug that you don’t know if it is worth getting cleaned or repaired bring it to Luv-A-Rug. We will tell you if your rug can be saved or if it time to replace it.

If your rug is too big or heavy for you to bring in we can pick it up. Call us at 250-590-6210 or drop by at 2-4144 Wilkinson Rd, at Interurban.

Thanks for reading, RugloverMary, your local Victoria BC rug cleaner and rug lover!

>Summer Rug Repeats

>I have writers blank, no not block actual blank. Everyday I try to think of a topic to blog about and I come up blank.
There have been some unique rugs come into Luv-A-Rug for cleaning and repair, but not much to write about. I have covered the topic of rug repairs a lot in my previous blogs.
As vast as the subject of area rugs is when you break it down there isn’t a lot of new topics to write about.
I have written about moth’s,
Area rug repairs,
proper rug storage so many times that I cannot make it original any more.
I have been reediting my RugloverMary rug blog for the past week and I have noticed a lot of the same blog topics.
It is a bit difficult to write about upcoming area rug events since Victoria, BC usually doesn’t have any area rug events.
I am sure that my writer’s blank will pass, as it has done so in the past.
Thanks for reading, RugloverMary