How to Repair Oriental Rugs

Updated February 21, 2017

Rugs take a beating with constant wear and eventually show some level of the abuse. Oriental rugs purchased for investment reasons or that are very valuable should be repaired by qualified repair professionals; homeowners should not attempt to fix them. However, machine-derived Oriental rugs can be repaired at home with some simple tools and sewing skills. Repair tears and cuts using a simple tape technique. Cover frayed edges with a quick sewing method.

Trim away frayed fibres using scissors.

Thread an upholstery needle with heavy-duty thread in a colour that matches the Oriental rug. The curve of the upholstery needle will help you push through the rug thickness easily.

Begin the repair 1/4 inch from the end of the fray. Push the needle and thread from the back of the rug through to the front.

Pull the needle and thread over the edge of the rug and back under, and push the needle through the back of the rug and up through the front. Repeat the wrapping of thread over the edge. Continue to move toward and over the frayed area with every stitch until the frayed area is completely covered. Work past the frayed area about 1/4 inch before stopping.

Complete the repair by pushing the needle and thread through the new stitching on the back of the rug several times. Knot and then cut the thread away from the spool.

Place the Oriental rug facedown on the floor.

Locate and examine the extent of the cut or tear by gently opening it with a flat-end screwdriver. Carefully push any loose fibres back through the cut and to the front of the rug using the screwdriver.

Cut a length of duct tape to cover the tear, plus several inches. The additional inches can help stop the tear or cut from becoming longer.

Push the edges of the tear together and place the tape over the tear. Overlap the tear on either end with the additional tape. Press the tape firmly to the carpet using your hands and body weight.

Flip the rug face up and turn the repaired part of the rug to an area where it will receive less foot traffic.

Things You'll Need

  • Sharp scissors
  • Upholstery needle
  • Heavy-duty thread
  • Flat-end screwdriver
  • Duct tape


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