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.

>Have a Large Rug You Want to Use but Cannot?

> Are you now in possession of an area rug that is too big for you to use?

If you ever find yourself inheriting an area rug from a family member that you like but cannot use due to the size there is help.

At first glance of this Persian area rug you wouldn’t know that it has been shortened. Yes this rug as cut then seamed together.

It was done in the middle even though looking at the far end it looks like the diamond was cut in half. That is where they stopped the pattern for some reason. I don’t know why they didn’t finish the last diamond, but it adds character to the hand knotted rug.

Here is what the rug looks like on the back where it was sewn together.

You can clearly see the difference in the small diamond design.

This rug was shortened by a professional area rug repairer. The rug is rewoven to make it whole and then stitched to keep everything together.

This as what caught my eye when I was doing my visual inspection of this Persian rug. Normally when you see two different colours in a hand knotted rug it is abrash, when wool that was dyed at different times is used.

It was the line in the rug that made me look closer. This is why a thorough pre-inspection of rugs is necessary.

If I didn’t point this out to the client and they didn’t know about it before hand, they would have been surprised to see it after cleaning.

They may think that our cleaning process lightened areas of their rug, until we showed them the seam in the back.

You may be thinking how would someone not notice that the rug was altered when they got the rug? Easy, the client could have gotten this rug second hand and plus, when we go shopping for an area rug we are thinking about:

  • Size
  • Colours/design
  • Price

I point out things to clients all the time that they have never noticed about their rugs. People only really look at their rugs after they have been cleaned or when they were in someone else possession.
After reading this go take a good look at your rugs front and back, if possible. What do you see?

  • Does the colour change through the pattern
  • Is the rug straight on all sides
  • Is the border exactly the same on both sides
  • Is the colour darker or lighter on the back
  • Are the fringes the same on both ends

You maybe surprised at what you find.

Here at Luv-A-Rug, in Victoria BC we can alter the size of most area rugs, depending whether they are machine made or hand knotted or tufted. Why should you have an area rug that you cannot use?

Thanks for reading, RugloverMary, Your Victoria BC rug cleaning and rug repair expert!