Antique Rug Repair: Should You DIY or Take It To a Professional?

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When you’re dealing with antiques, you’re dealing with something 100 years old or older. Antiques are valuable — both sentimentally and monetarily. They’re also irreplaceable.

Rug repair can be a difficult thing to tackle on your own, and when you’re trying to repair an antique rug, the stakes are even higher.

We’re going to look at some of the most common sources and types of damage that occur when handling antique rugs and discuss some of the possible DIY fixes you have to choose from. Depending on the type or amount of damage to your rug, it may be best to let the professionals handle it.

Read on to make an informed decision between DIY and professional repair!

Common Antique Rug Damage

No matter the damage, you should always act fast when it comes to rug repairs. Consider the initial damage to your antique rug to be the fault line. Any extra movement or tension on or near the problem area will lead to a wider area of damage.

Understanding the most common causes of damage will prepare you for what to look out for and know when it’s time for some repairs.

Loose or Open Sides

When we say the “sides” of the rug, we are referring to the edges that run the length of the carpet and do not have fringe. Typically, Oriental and Persian rugs are woven from length to length, and the weaver has tied off the ends somewhere along the sides.

When those ties become loose or the fibers have frayed along the sides, the surrounding areas will become loose as well. At the very least, your side might start to look like it has a bit of fringe, after all!

Stretched or Worn Ends

The “ends” of the rug are the edges that run the width of the rug and are marked by an exposed fringe. This fringe is more than just decorative, and it should be a cause for concern if it appears stretched or worn close to the rug’s true edge.

Before becoming fringe, those exposed strings served as the warps of the rug. Each individual piece of fringe runs from one end of the rug to the other, acting as the bones of the rug.

If those bones start to come apart, your rug will, too. The shape may become warped and the pile may unravel, leaving you with a barren, patternless rug.

Low Pile

Having a low pile means that the surface of your rug has become worn down or flattened in one or several spots. Unless you never place furniture atop your rug or allow any foot traffic to pass over it, low pile is inevitable.

Not all antique rug owners consider low pile worthy of repair. Unless the pile is low enough that the foundation of the rug is exposed, it isn’t necessary to have low pile repaired. So, this one is a matter of personal preference!

Are You Up to the Challenge of DIY Oriental Rug Repair and Persian Rug Restoration?

If the rug repairs you need aren’t extreme, you may be able to tackle them yourself. However, you might want to think about the potential of lost value if your repairs are unsustainable or noticeable in a bad way.

We’ll look at a few ways to repair antique rugs on your own, although we have to say, the only “pro” of using these methods is saving a little bit of money on the professional antique or Oriental rug repair cost. Remember, even cleaning an antique rug on your own can be risky (though it’s not impossible if you approach it the right way).

DIY Side Repair

Many of the tips and tricks for repairing frayed or loosened sides on your own are geared toward newer, factory-made rugs. It’s easy to see why they aren’t the best Persian rug repair methods.

Fabric glue sprays are sold that can bond loose fibers back together. You can use these glue sprays to fix small damage spots on an antique rug, but all that will do is stall a larger problem and inevitably lead to a new issue.

Rug repair experts are more likely to wrap the damaged sides with wool. They will take the time to find the right shade (often a shade that is true to the rug’s original color). They will also know how tightly the wool should be wrapped in order to maintain the rug’s integrity.

This process takes a lot of time and expertise, but it will also halt further damage to the sides. Plus, it won’t cause your rug to go down in value from a sticky, chemical-filled glue.

DIY End Repair

Some rug owners are bothered by the unevenness of their rug’s fringe after lots of wear and tear. It’s possible to trim your fringe to give it an even look again, but this must be done very carefully.

In fact, you may want to think about just how badly you can’t stand those uneven edges. Badly enough that you’re willing to risk unraveling your rug?

If you cut the fringe past (or even too close) to the knots, the knots of the actual rug will begin sliding away. This kind of damage can be difficult to repair, even for professionals.

Any further damage to the ends should, without a doubt, be taken care of by professionals. They will figure out the best stitch to keep your end intact without creating gaps between the fibers or damaging the fibers. Chances are, they’ll clean up that untidy fringe, too!

DIY Pile Repair

There are a few ways you can improve the look of your rug’s pile, but any replacement work would need to be handled by a professional.

You may move a piece of furniture for the first time in years and discover a dent or crease from the weight of the furniture. You can attempt to flatten out this dent by placing a towel over it and applying light pressure with an iron on low heat. However, too much heat can cause more damage.

To protect pile that’s already low from getting worse, you can reposition the rug so it’s no longer in the line of traffic or so that the low pile is tucked between the legs of a raised piece of furniture.

Otherwise, you will need professional rug repair.

To DIY or Not to DIY?

At this point, you’re probably thinking that DIY rug repair isn’t such a great idea. Of course, it’s your call and it depends on the extent of the damage!

If you’re still struggling to decide, ask yourself these questions:

“Do I want to keep the original look intact? Do I want to stop this damage in its tracks? Would I be upset if this antique rug went down in value?”

If the answer to any of those questions is, “Yes,” then consider contacting us today and let us help you with all of your rug repair needs!

How to Style Your Antique Rug With Your Modern Living Room

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Are you wondering how to mix in your antique rug into your modern living room? Decorating a modern living room with an oriental rug can be a little tricky and hard to pull off but possible.

There is no rule that says that modern and antique cannot mix, in fact, blending the two together can give your home a very unique look and feel that many will love.

Interior decorating is all about balance and proportions and this applies to the colors, shapes, styles, and texture. Mixing an antique rug with a modern living room is one of the best ways to achieve this balance and proportion.

Here are a few tips that you can use to decorate your modern room with your oriental rug.

1. Get The Perfect Size

Antique rugs come in different sizes and you can always get the perfect size for your living room. Whether you want a small or a room size rug you need to work with one that fits well.

A good equation to work with is taking away 2 or 3 feet from the width and length of your room when you do this you will end up with a good-sized rug that will create the perfect balance.

2. Place It On Top Of Your Carpet

If you already have a wall-to-wall carpet in your house, you do not have to get rid of it. Simply place your antique rug on top of it and it can even help cover up any stains or any worn out parts on your carpet. The color of the rug should also complement the carpet.

Doing this will not only freshen up the living room but will also make it glow and add a touch of life to your living space.

3. Go Monochromatic

Another way to mix in your oriental rug without it radiating boldly in your modern living room is by going monochromatic. You can color your room with inspiration from the rug, and work your furniture and decor around it too.

This is especially if your antique rug has a very bold pattern. Working around its colors will help tone it down leaving it with just the right amount of attention. This is because the same colored background and will make it soft.

4. Blend It Into Existing Décor

If your living room is already designed to your taste but you still want to add in an antique rug, do not worry because oriental rugs come in many hues that you can easily blend in. You can be sure to get the right rug and make sure your rug works for your modern living room.

Oriental rugs can also fir in a bohemian or eclectic look. You should be careful not to go overboard. These rugs work best with metal and wood.

5. Choose The Right Color Of Furnishings

Keeping your furnishings as neutral as possible is always a good way to go with your decor. For a more subtle look, you can use neutral colors to make your antique rug have a softer look. However, this does not have to be the case always.

If you have a brightly colored couch or a brightly stained coffee table, your oriental rug will do just fine

You might have to use the color wheel for this to help you determine the complementary colors. In case your rug and couch still clash, throw in some decorative pillows on the couch to balance the rug and bring a new look to the room.

6. Complement Your Antique Rug With The Right Paint Colors

Antique rugs are always a good investment and many people who own them never want to give them up that easily. Because you intend to have your rug for long, you can paint your walls to complement it. This is not a common practice but the end will be amazing.

Choose a paint hue that will match the colors of your oriental rug perfectly. If painting the room is not in your financial budget, you can also get a wallpaper to match. When using wallpapers you need to be careful when choosing a wallpaper so that you do not end up with one that has decorations that contrast your carpet instead of complementing it.

7. Use It On Your Walls

Dare to be different by putting your rug on display. If you have a small-sized rug, you can choose to hang it perfectly on your walls like an artistic décor. Not all rugs have to be on the floor.

There are no limits to using oriental rugs when it comes to blending it in your modern house. This is one way to show out its beauty.

Oriental rugs look great in any room and add a touch of tradition to your modern living room making it look versatile. These rugs never go out of style.

You can work in your antique rug in different ways to style your modern home. Therefore, do not roll up and store or sell your precious rug because you have gone modern. If you love your piece, you will get a place for it.

Consider Using These Tips While Styling Your Modern Living Room with an Antique Rug

Creating the perfect blend of a traditional era with a modern one requires a very critical eye. Paying attention to the small things will come in handy when you are working on your antique rug in your modern living room.

When it comes to antique rugs do not be in a hurry to buy any that fits your bill. You want the right Oriental rug for your home.

We have a wide selection of oriental rugs from different times in history that you can choose from. Whatever color or size you want, you can be sure to find it in our store.

Visit our website and check out our oriental rugs pages for that right size and color that you need and contact us for more information.

Worth the Money: The Top Benefits of Buying an Oriental Rug

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Persian and oriental rugs are exotic and stunning and are a great addition to any home or space. These rugs are handmade and with proper care can last for decades. They look beautiful and when placed correctly, they become an eye-catching centerpiece to any room in which they are present. When you purchase and use a Persian or oriental rug, your friends, family and neighbors will come over to ooh and ahh at your good taste.

Persian and Oriental Rug Shopping Tips

Although Persian and oriental are often expensive, the best ones are well worth the money paid, and are a fine example of the fact that when buying high-quality products, you get what you pay for. When shopping for one, there are several factors you should look for and consider.

First, you should evaluate your rug seller. Check reviews and look for reliable sources and established businesses. There are many knock-offs and fakes out there and many Persian and oriental buyers find themselves victims of bait and switch situations or end up with rugs with shoddy workmanship. It’s vital that when buying an antique Persian or oriental rug that you first determine that it is real.

Learn the lingo and know what you are seeking. Examine the overall quality of the rug and inspect the fineness and density of the knots. Know how the rugs are made, and when considering the amount you wish to spend, be aware that it can take over a year of several artisans working together to complete even a medium-sized rug.

Ask a lot of questions and arrive with measurements in hand. The rug you purchase will be in your home for many years and may be passed down for several generations. Make sure you know what you want, and know what you are getting into before heading out on your shopping quest.

Benefits of Buying a Persian or Oriental Rug 

Besides their obvious beauty, there are many reasons that investing in a Persian or oriental rug is a good idea. Read on to discover some motivations you may not have previously considered.

Increasing Value

It’s rare that you can purchase an item, use it daily, and have it actually increase in value over time, but Persian and oriental rugs tend to do just that. Whether you buy an item that is already an antique or buy a new one created in the present day, when well taken care of, your rug will be worth more in the future than it is right now. 

Furthermore, the care of these rugs is actually quite simple. To keep your rug beautiful and to help it retain and gain value, vacuum yours frequently to help combat the compacting of fibers from heavy traffic. Also, keep them out of direct sunlight and put down padding underneath them. Spot clean when there are spills or dust, and splurge on a professional washing every three to five years for best results.

Full of History

Whether you buy an antique Persian or oriental rug or buy one that is made by hand in the traditional manner from today, you will have a piece of history in your home. An antique rug could have come from anywhere and has “seen” so much; it’s fun to speculate about the past lives of antique decor. If you purchase a recently completed rug, you are still grasping the past in a way, too. Rugs made today are made by the same methods as those of old, with skills passed down over time from generation to generation of artisans.

Made with Natural Fibers

Today’s mass-produced rugs are often made from synthetic fibers and dyes and are full of toxins and allergens. Most Persian and oriental rugs are made of wool, cotton or silk that has been dyed using traditional, natural materials. This is environmentally friendly and safe; because they contain no harsh modern chemicals, they are generally not very flammable, either.

Support of Artists

The high demand for products today has resulted in high production which often takes the dedicated, slow-working artisan out of the equation. By buying a Persian or oriental rug, you are helping this centuries-old craft to continue now and in the future. That’s something to feel good about.

Long-term Durability

Persian and oriental rugs are made by hand with quality materials and they will last a lifetime and beyond. When you purchase one, you are not just purchasing it for yourself and your home, but for generations of your descendants in the future as well. These rugs last a very long time and grow in sentimental value over the years for you and your family.


Rugs like these never go out of style. They were popular hundreds of years ago, and they are still appreciated by people of all walks of life today. Their patterns are colorful and intricate and they mesmerize the viewer. It’s easy to get lost in the depth of a Persian or oriental rug, and they are attractive to all ages. These rugs are truly timeless and look just as beautiful in a home today as they did in centuries past.

Buy a Persian or Oriental Rug

It’s clear that Persian and oriental rugs will add more to your life and happiness than other types of home decor, and so there’s no reason you should hesitate in going out and getting one or more for your home or other space. Buying complex and unique items like these can be daunting, though, and it helps to have someone in the know on your side. If you have questions about making an investment in a Persian or oriental rug, we at New York’s Fred Moheban Gallery are here to help.

Our fine rug gallery has been in business since 1960, so we have over half a century of experience in rugs of all kinds. Please give us a call today to discuss our collection and your questions. We are more than happy to assist, and we greatly look forward to hearing from you. 

Is Your Rug Faux-Real? How to Distinguish Authentic Persian Rugs From Fakes

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The Persian rug industry was once a booming business, bringing in more than $425 million each year. But with new sanctions in place, getting a hold of new Persian rugs is getting more difficult.

For owners of authentic Persian rugs, this is good news. It means your rug is more valuable than ever before. But it must be the real thing.

How can you be sure that the rug in your home is a genuine Persian rug? Luckily, telling the difference between real and fake rugs is surprisingly easy.

Here’s what you need to check:

Figure Out Where the Rug Is From

Authentic Persian rugs are only made in the Middle East, specifically in Iran. If the rugs you have at home come from any other country, they’re not a true Persian rug.

That doesn’t mean they’re low-quality or not beautiful. It just means they’re not Persian.

Hand-knotted rugs made in countries like China, India, Pakistan, and even Turkey are technically Oriental rugs. They often share similar patterns and textures, but despite their beauty, they’re not authentic and you may have paid more than you should have for the rug.

Inspect the Backing

Handwoven rugs are a work of art. The top surface of the rug shows beautiful intricate designs. And those designs show up on the back of the rug.

When you turn your rug over, take a close look a the backing. Authentic Oriental and Persian rugs have backs that clearly mimic the design on the top. And the individual threads should make up the bulk of the backing.

Mass-produced or fake rugs have a plastic backing to hold everything together. It’s what keeps the fibers glued into place and keeps the rug from falling apart.

And you’ll be able to see it clearly. The design from the top of the rug will look faded or you’ll notice defined plastic lines running throughout the rug.

A plastic back is a sure-fire sign that you have a fake gracing the floor of your home.

Think About the Price

If the rug is incredibly cheap, you’re not getting a great deal. You’re getting a fake.

Think about how craftsmen make the authentic rugs you love. They’re made by hand and the process takes time, training, and immense skill.

When you purchase a rug, you’re paying for that expertise.

If you paid several thousand for a large rug, you likely invested in the real thing. But if the price was too good to be true or you got the rug at a steal, it’s likely a fake.

Check Out the Fringe

Handmade rugs have perfectly laid fringe that’s hand-knotted onto the rug itself. This makes it incredibly durable, but also gives the fringe more freedom of movement and helps it lay better on the floor.

Machine-made or mass-produced rugs have fringe that’s sewed on at the end of the manufacturing process.

Look at the fringe on your rug. If you see nothing but knotwork holding the fringe in place, you have the real thing. But if you see a straight sewed line or feel glue beneath the string, your rug is a fake.

Look at the Materials

Modern mass-produced rugs are well-known to have synthetic materials. These include polyester, nylon, and plastic.

Why? Because they’re cheap to make and relatively easy to work with.

But true Persian rugs use much higher quality materials. If your rug maker used dyed wool to create the intricate designs you love, you’ve got an authentic rug.

So, how can you tell? Most manufactured rugs will have a tag telling you about the types of materials used. And those materials will often feel stiffer than natural wool.

With a Persian rug, the materials will be soft to the touch and the fibers should move more easily. Pick up the corner of the rug and see if it bends easily. If it does, it was likely handwoven.

If the rug itself is stiff and feels difficult to move or position, it’s likely made from manufactured materials.

The Colors Bleed Together

There’s a huge difference between high-quality hand-dyed wool used in real Persian rugs and the synthetic fibers used on fakes.

The most obvious is that the colors tend to bleed together in fake Persian rugs. This is because machines lack the precision required to create beautiful and unique designs. The fibers get mixed and the lines between the different designs start to blur.

With handmade rugs, the maker takes time to separate the fibers and keep the design consistent. The result is clearer lines, finer details, and a nicer overall pattern full of vibrant colors that give meaning to the patterns.

Search for Imperfections

Genuine Persian rugs won’t ever be completely perfect. They can’t be. Each maker, no matter how experienced they are, will make at least a few mistakes in the process.

Those mistakes won’t impact the value negatively. Nor will they hurt the quality of the rug.

Machine-made rugs are consistent to a fault. Look at the edging and see if things are completely straight or pulled to a uniform tightness.

If so, there’s a good chance that the rug is a fake. If you notice a few imperfections, it shows that the rug was likely made by hand and is thus the real deal.

Authentic Persian Rugs Are Worth the Price

Authentic Persian rugs are one of the best ways to add visual appeal and class to any room. If you have one on-hand, do whatever you can to keep it in good condition.

It will hold its value for decades. But you do need to have the rug professionally cleaned and repaired anytime you notice damage or wear and tear.

If you’re worried about your genuine Persian rug, contact our team and let our dedicated staff restore your rug to its former splendor.

Handle with Care: 7 Antique Rug Cleaning Tips You Need to Know

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Did you know an antique rug could be worth as much as $1 million? When you care for such a rug properly, it could stay in your family for generations.

If you own an antique rug, it’s vital you know how to take care of it and how to clean it properly. Here are 7 greats tips for antique rug cleaning.

1. Consider Treating Them Like Art

If you own an antique rug, you’re aware of how beautiful they can be. In order to reduce wear and tear and the need for cleaning, you could consider displaying your rug like a piece of art instead of using them conventionally.

For example, you could display them on a wall. When you show off your rugs like this, the need for you to clean and care for them is significantly reduced. In the long-run, displaying your rugs in this way is going to make them last a lot longer.

2. Get Them Professionally Cleaned Every Five Years

When you look after your antique rug properly, it could last for generations to come. But if you want it to, just cleaning it yourself isn’t enough; you’ll need to bring it to a professional cleaner now and then.

On average, you should send in your rug to be cleaned around once every five years. A professional rug cleaner will have the skills and equipment necessary to ensure your rug isn’t damaged during the cleaning process. They’ll also have the necessary facilities to make sure it dries at the right temperature.

3. Position the Rug Right

If you do decide to use your antique rug as an actual rug, where you choose to place it in your home can make a big difference as to how dirty it gets. If you place it in a location where it’s going to get a lot of foot traffic going over it, it’s going to suffer from more wear and tear and will need cleaning more often.

Consider repositioning your rug somewhere it can be seen and enjoyed, but won’t be stepped on as frequently. When you place your antique rug in the right place, it’ll significantly reduce the need for having it cleaned.

Generally speaking, you need to have your rug cleaned around once every five years. But if you place it in the optimal location, you might be able to get away with waiting longer. On the other hand, if your rug is placed in a high foot traffic area, you might need to have it cleaned more frequently.

4. Be Wary of Cleaning Solutions

Most antique rug experts would agree that using chemical cleaning solutions on an antique rug is not a good idea at all. If you use any chemical cleaning solutions on your rug, you run the risk of doing irreparable damage to it.

Professional antique rug cleaners will almost never use any kind of chemical cleaning solution. Instead, they would use warm water and gentle chemical-free ones.

You should avoid using any chemical-based cleaning solutions on your rug at all costs since they can be corrosive and harsh. If such a solution somehow ends up getting on your rug, you should contact a professional for emergency cleaning.

As a rule of thumb, if you’re in doubt about using a certain type of cleaning product on your rug, don’t do it! It’s not worth the risk; leave these kinds of decisions to the professionals.

5. Handle Spills Correctly

If you accidentally spill something on your antique rug, the first thing to keep in mind is not to panic! You should blot the area of the spill as quickly as possible. Then, you should put a towel or cloth under the rug and pour warm water through the rug until it rinses out.

Before doing this, you need to make sure it isn’t going to cause the colors to bleed. To test this, use a wet cloth on a small area of the rug to see if any color transfers over. If it does, you should probably get in touch with a professional rug cleaner who will be able to help you.

6. Keep It in the Right Environment

To keep your rug in optimal condition, you need to keep it in the right kind of conditions. For example, you should keep it in the driest environment possible. Plus, you should also keep it out of direct sunlight.

Ideally, you should also avoid placing it in any areas that are going to get too hot or too humid. There are a whole lot of factors which can influence the condition of your antique rug, so it pays to take the time to do research. Even things like smoking near it could potentially cause damage to it.

7. Don’t Worry Too Much

If you have an antique rug, it could easily be over a century old. If it’s managed to stay in good condition for that long, it’s probably going to be fine for years to come. In fact, the oldest rug ever found was around 2,500 years old and was in almost perfect condition!

As long as you do your due diligence, have it cleaned regularly, and take care of it properly, you shouldn’t have too much to worry about. Many people assume that just because something is an antique it means it’s fragile. But if your antique rug was that fragile, would it really have lasted so many decades, allowing it to come into your possession?

Work With Antique Rug Cleaning Professionals

If you are unfortunate enough to damage your antique rug, all is not lost. Not only can antique rug cleaning pros help you to clean your rug, but they can also assist you with restoring it to its former glory in the event of any damage. So relax and keep our 7 tips in mind when dealing with your beautiful rug.

Thinking of buying an antique rug to display in your living room? Then take a look at our collection of 17th century rugs.

Antique Mid 19th Century Fereghan Rug From Central Persia Measuring 6.7 x 4.1 feet

Check out this week’s Fred Moheban Gallery featured rug.

Type: Antique Central Persian Fereghan Rug.

Measurements: 6.7’ x 4.1’

Date: circa 1860

Color|Design: Exceptional and charming all-over pattern with rare, vivid color dyes.

Fred Moheban Suggestions: This piece would make a wonderful addition to any important private collection or serve as a beautiful statement piece in any interior.





This week’s rug featured at Fred Moheban Gallery is an antique mid-19th century Fereghan Rug from Central Persia. It is circa 1860 and has an all-over pattern with rare, vivid color dyes. This rug has a lot of charm. The more you delve into the rug; you will find lots of little animals and birds throughout the field. The rug was woven with an embossed technique as you can see in the border and in some parts of the field. It was woven with very fine quality wool, and the weave is extremely fine. This rug just glows at you. It would make a wonderful addition to any important private collection, or it would be a beautiful statement piece in any interior.

You can view this stunning rug here or for any inquiries or questions, call Fred Moheban Gallery at (212) 397-9060 or email us at

An exceptional and rare Antique Lavar Kerman Persian Rug (6.6′ X 4.8′)

Check out this week’s Fred Moheban Gallery featured rug.


Type: Antique South Persian Lavar Kerman Rug.

Measurements: 6.6′ X 4.8′

Date: circa 1870

Color|Design: Stunning rare color combination with a pale blue background and intricate pattern.

Fred Moheban Suggestions:  This piece would make a perfect addition to any private collection or serve as a gorgeous statement piece to any interior.




This week’s Fred Moheban Gallery featured rug is an antique Lavar Kerman from South Persia circa 1870. It is extremely, finely woven with a rare, superb color combination on a pale blue ground. It was woven by a true master weaver for an Amir, who was a governor of Persia at the time. Note the highly stylized calligraphy and the crisp detail of the drawing. In order for that to be, the rug needs to be extremely finely woven and can be seen in the execution of the weave. The quality of wool used is as soft as velvet, and it is one of the finest Lavar Kerman’s we have seen. It would be a wonderful addition to any important private collection or a beautiful statement piece in any interior.

You can view this luxurious rug here or for any inquiries or questions, call Fred Moheban Gallery at (212) 397-9060 or email us at