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Rug Repair

Color Restoration

Have you noticed your Oriental rugs have lost their vibrancy? If so, it’s most likely due to one, or a combination, of the following: fading over time, being heavily soiled, or dye migration. All of these factors affect a rug’s patina, which are the gradual changes happening to your rug as time passes. A rug’s patina changes over time due to the environment it’s subjected to. Don’t be alarmed, it’s not necessarily a bad thing when your rug seems to be changing. Comparable to a fine wine, when rugs age, they can become more appealing.

Rug fading can be caused by light exposure and fume fading. Unfortunately, there’s very little any reputable rug cleaner can do to restore this type of color fading. Keep in mind- if an already faded rug is cleaned, the faded colors can become more apparent. Don’t let this idea stop you from getting your rugs cleaned. If you chose not to, the build-up of dirt and soil can cause your rugs to fade even more. Not to mention, it can cause your rugs to prematurely wear down.

If your rugs are looking dark and dull, they most likely need a good professional rug cleaning. Years of soiling can cause your rug to look faded, but this one’s an easy fix! If your rug’s condition isn’t combined with any other color fading issue, they’ll be vibrant in no time once they’re washed.

Dye migration, also known as bleeding, can be another coloring issue your rug is experiencing. Common pollutants that cause dye migration are water damage or pet urine. Under the careful care of an expert, a dye correction process can be used to meticulously strip bleeding colors off of the ivory parts of your rug. A professional consultation will decide if this process needs to be applied to your rug in a wet or a dry state. This process will help stabilize migrant dyes from bleeding into different colored areas and will brighten the colors in your rug significantly.

Here are some before and after pictures of color restoration. Look how bright the ivory colors become after the process is completed.

Rug Reweaving

A few tips that may be helpful to avoid coloring changes in your rugs are to keep them out of direct sunlight, rotate them every 3-4 months, and treat any areas affected by water or pet urine as quickly as you can!

Our professional color restoration processes can help renew the look of your rugs. Give Ayoub a shout if you’re interested in letting a reliable company handle your Oriental Rugs.

Our Oriental rug specialists will examine each rug individually, paying close attention to the needs of the repair. They will be looking for wear and tear, pre-existing damage, color fading, and stains.

It’s important to repair any issues with your Oriental rug before other damages occur.

Maintenance of your rugs edges are important to protecting your rug. If the edges of your rug become frayed or unravel, the entire body of your rug can start to fall apart. When this starts to happen, it’s best to call a reputable rug care company to have it repaired. Repairing your rug as soon as you notice a problem will keep the repair costs to a minimum and ensure the preservation of your beautiful Oriental area rug for many years.

Pictured below is before and after pictures of a repair called a punch weave. A new backing was applied to the back of this rug, the design of the rug was carefully drawn onto the backing, and new wool was hand punched in and out of the backing in order to fill the destroyed space.

Ayoub has been providing excellent rug care for over 60 years. They are the “Original Ayoub” of the DC Metro Area since 1952.

Contact Ayoub Carpet Service today at 703-255-6000 to schedule your carpet repair. Our Chantilly and Falls Church flooring showrooms offer convenient locations to bring in your rugs for cleaning and repairs. We’re also partnered with numerous Dry Cleaning stores to use as drop-off/pick-up facilities so there’s a location convenient for you!

Fringe Repairs

Regular vacuuming of an Oriental rug with an electric vacuum cleaner is good for the rug. Without regular vacuuming, dirt on the surface of the rug will filter down into the pile where it can accumulate and cause increased wear. That being said, it’s imperative to be careful with a vacuum equipped with a power brush or beater bars. The brushes within a vacuum do a good job on machine-made carpeting, but they can wreak havoc on the top layer of an Oriental rug’s pile and fringe.

If your vacuum cleaner has a power brush, use it only occasionally and lightly on your Oriental rug. For routine cleaning, use just the plain vacuum nozzle. This is especially important for fringes; try not to run an upright vacuum or a power brush attachment over fringes. The brush shreds the fringes and causes rapid wear. Fringe tends to get caught and chewed up by the rotating mechanism on the brush.

Here’s a video of an overcast stitch being applied to a rug. This method includes sewing the edges of the rug to salvage its original fringing and to prevent further wear. The overcast stitch will preserve your rugs strength and stop it from unweaving. Overcast stitching is often used on handmade Oriental Rugs.

Whether you’re wanting to repair worn or damaged fringe, or add new fringe to your rugs, Ayoub Carpet Service’s technicians have the expertise to make your carpets beautiful. Ayoub has been providing quality rug care to the Northern Virginia and DC Metro Area since 1952. We have multiple locations in Chantilly, Fairfax, Reston, Herndon, and Arlington, VA, to drop-off your Oriental area rugs for cleaning and repairs. You can also call us to arrange pick-up and delivery from your home. Whether you choose to drop-off your rugs at one of our locations or call us for pick-up, we look forward to providing excellent rug care.

Over-round and Machine Serging

These terms refer to the way carpet or rugs are bound. Machine made rugs usually have a binding tape sewn to finish its edges, as this is a faster and cheaper way to finish rug’s edges. In hand made rugs, serging is done with a single thread in a looping pattern, also known as an over-round stitch.

The edges of my rug are fraying! What can I do?

Frayed edges are one of the most common rug repairs, as edges receive a lot of abuse from foot traffic. When you see edges beginning to fray, it’s best to call a reputable rug care company to have it repaired before further damage occurs. Repairing your rug as soon as you notice a problem will keep the repair costs to a minimum and ensure that you get to keep your beautiful Oriental area rug for many years.

Can a carpet rug be reduced in size?

Serging or Binding allows you to take a rug that is too large for the area and have it cut down to size and finished - providing you with the perfect area rug. When shopping for a new area rug, you can look at most carpet selections and have it custom made into a rug size of your choice by having all edges serged or bound.

I have a delicate rug. Where should I go to repair my rug?

You need to choose a skilled and experienced rug repair company. The Northern Virginia/DC Metro area relies on our repair experts due to the experience in repairing various types of area rugs. A hand woven rug repair is quite detailed and requires special skills by an experienced weaver. Our skilled technicians can repair your Oriental area rug by matching the existing edges and returning your rug to “Like-New” condition. Whether you require an Oriental rug repair or any other type of area rug repair, Ayoub has been providing quality rug care since 1952.


Oriental Area Rugs are woven to withstand years of use. However; water damage, moth damage, carpet beetle damage, vacuum damage, dog chews, cat scratches, chemical damage, sun damage and uneven wear can leave your rugs in poor condition. Prevention is key to keeping your fine Oriental rugs in good condition for many years. Vacuum your rug often—both front and back sides, and turn it end-for-end once every 3-4 months to prevent uneven wear. Avoid placing potted plants on the rug, and keep an eye on your pets. Inspect the entire rug periodically for signs of wear or damage. When you see a problem area within your rug or what you think may be a lost cause, a reputable rug care company can repair and restore your rug.

Our skilled technicians can repair holes or severe damages done to your rug. Repairing rugs is a skill and labor-intensive process. We will source the right yarns to repair your rug. Our craftsmen will carefully splice new warp threads into the surrounding fabric to start rebuilding damaged area. By carefully selecting matching colored yarns, they will reweave or re-knot the pile using the exact type of knot while recreating missing or damaged motifs and patterns. When all of this is done, we will bind selvages to prevent the edges from fraying or we can rebuild fringes.

We have years of extensive experience (Since 1952) in providing quality rug care and repairs for our customers treasured rugs. If you have an area rug that needs repairs, you can be confident that Ayoub technicians will provide top quality, skilled service that will have your rug looking like new again.