Fringes on area rugs are an important, essential part of the rug. Some folks love them for the added touch they add to the rug’s beauty while other folks oppose them since they tend to take the hardest hit and show soil from walking on them. Everyone knows how much Prescott, AZ folks love our pets. As much as we love our pets, keep in mind that rug fringes are a natural attraction to puppies chewing on them and cat’s natural instinct to play with the fringes, batting them around and getting them all tangled up.
Because of all the action fringes withstand, here at Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care, we see many rugs come to us with damaged fringe. However one of the most frequent cause of damage is due to (drum roll please) VACUUMS and not the pets! Therefore you would be wise to stay clear of the fringe all together when vacuuming. Remind your cleaning gal that while the need for speed may be her motto, your motto is to see the fringe live another day! Don’t allow her to vacuum near the fringes. If your rug already has fringe damage, we can repair and restore the damage.
Some people just don’t like the fringes when they’re all out of whack? If you are one of these folks, you may want to purchase a groomer, which is a carpet rake with plastic teeth designed to be safe for the fringes. This will allow you to comb through the fringe, lining the fringe up like little happy soldiers. It thrills me to see my rug’s fringe all standing straight and even! (Yep, I’m one of those people who like to see everything just right.)
Whatever your thoughts are on fringes remember that fringes are an extension of the warp threads. Warp threads are the rug’s foundation threads that run from the top all the way down to the bottom of rug. Once the rug weaving is complete, the weaver has many options to finish off the ends, knotting the fringe in designs that are anywhere from simple to very complex, all of which are part of the fringe and therefore part of the structure of the rug.
Whatever you do to your rug ….. NEVER CUT THE FRINGES OFF – Since the fringes are part of the structure, cutting them off will leave the ends of the rug unsecured and unraveling will then occur, just like the ends of a cloth with no finished edges that will unravel. Forgo the urge to take a scissor to the fringes. (I see that time and time again) If you really do not care for the fringe, we at Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care offer our clients better, safer options than chopping them off yourself. The easiest option would be to professionally clean the rug AND FRINGES seeing if a thorough cleaning will bring the fringe back to an acceptable appearance.
For the client that just wants the fringe gone or a repair is necessary to prevent unraveling, Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care offers fringe repair. There are a variety of repair options, however it is only after inspecting the fringe that it can be determined which repair will be best for your rug. Estimates are always free and usually there is more than one option available at different price points. If you would like the fringe removed, we offer fringe removal that includes securing the edge of the rug to ensure unraveling doesn’t happen. Fringe Restoration can become an extensive repair if rug weavers have to add warp threads to create a new fringe where the missing fringes are supposed to be, matching the fiber, color and style to the existing fringe as close as possible.
Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care serves Prescott, Prescott Valley, Sedona and much of the Northern Arizona areas. We meet the highest standards in professional cleaning of area rugs with rug wash specialists having earned the highest training which includes certification as WOOLSAFE FIBRE CARE SPECIALISTS through the WOOLSAFE ORGANISATION. Such extraordinary certification ensures the area rugs of our client’s receive the utmost in care.
Till next time, enjoy your beautiful art for your floor and remember a clean rug is a rug that can last you a lifetime!
We are Prescott AZ’s “go to” rug fringe repair shop, call us for additional information and quotes at 928-445-1718, visit our website at www.ArizonaOriental.com, or stop by Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at our rug washing facility at 565 EZ Street, Prescott, AZ 86301 (pick-up and delivery also available).