Rug repair is something that we have seen almost every day since we started in 2013. This article serves to outline some of the more common rug repair issues that we deal with.


White knot removal

There are many ways to remove white knots from rugs. Some methods are more effective than others, and some are more damaging to the rug. It is important to choose the right method for each particular rug. Another way is to use a sharp knife or scissors to cut the knots out of the rug. 

One way to remove white knots from rugs is to use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment. This will work if the knots are not too deeply embedded in the rug.

This method is more likely to damage the rug, but it may be necessary if the knots are very deep.

For woollen rug, warm water and soap can loosen the knots. You can also try using a mild detergent solution like Woolite (always read the instructions and if in doubt, speak with a professional). These methods may damage the rug, so you should test them on a small area first.

If the rug is made from silk, a lot of care is required when removing knots. Silk is a delicate fabric and can be easily damaged. Only use a sharp knife or scissors to cut the knots out of the silk rug; definitely one that is best left to the professionals.

Some people recommend using a chemical solvent to remove white knots from rugs. This method is not recommended because it can damage the rug. If you must use a chemical solvent, test it on a small area first to make sure it does not damage the rug. If in doubt, speak with a professional rug cleaner first.

The best way to remove white knots from rugs is to hire a professional rug cleaner. The rug cleaners at James Barclay have the experience and the equipment to safely and effectively remove white knots from rugs. We will also be able to repair any damage that was done to the rug during the cleaning process.


rug discolouration

Discolouration in a Persian rug can occur for a number of reasons, including sunlight exposure, spills and stains, and wear and tear. While some discolouration can be repaired at home, it is best to leave more serious cases to the professionals.

When it comes to professional rug cleaning, there are two main methods: wet cleaning and dry cleaning. Wet cleaning is typically used for more delicate rugs, as it involves using less chemicals. Dry cleaning, on the other hand, is better suited for thicker or more durable rugs.

If your Persian rug has sustained serious damage, such as holes or tears, it will need to be repaired by a professional. In most cases, this will involve reweaving the damaged area or patching it with a similar piece of fabric.

Discolouration can often be removed with professional cleaning, but in some cases, it may be necessary to have the rug dyed. This is usually only done as a last resort, as it can change the overall look of the rug.


Rewefting a Persian rug

When a professional is repairing a Persian rug, they will first assess the damage to determine the best course of action. If the threads are only lightly worn, they may be able to simply trim them and re-knot the ends. However, if the threads are severely damaged, they may need to be replaced entirely.

If replacement is necessary, the professional will carefully match the new thread to the existing material as closely as possible in both colour and texture.

They will then weave the new thread into the rug using a special needle. This process is known as “re-wefting.” Once the new thread is in place, the repair will be nearly invisible.

With proper care and maintenance, your Persian rug should last for many years. However, if it does become damaged, a professional repair person can usually restore it to its original beauty.

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Persian rug fringe repair

If you have a damaged fringe on your Persian rug, it is important to get it repaired as soon as possible. A professional will be able to do this quickly and efficiently, ensuring that your rug looks as good as new.

Once the fringe has been removed, the next step is to secure the end of the rug. This can be done with a needle and thread or sometimes by using a special adhesive. At James Barclay we focus on using methods that maintain the integrity of the rug whilst using traditional methods and materials.

The first step in repair is to remove the damaged fringe. This is usually done with a pair of scissors.


Repairing a hole in a Persian rug

When it comes to repairing holes in Persian rugs, it is best to leave the task to a professional. This is because Persian rugs are often made with delicate and intricate designs, which can be easily damaged if not handled properly. Furthermore, professional rug repairmen have the necessary tools and experience to fix holes without damaging the overall look of the rug.

The first step in repairing a hole in a Persian rug is to remove any loose threads or debris around the hole. 

Next, the edges of the hole will be trimmed in order to create a clean and even surface. Once the edges have been trimmed, the professional will then begin to stitch up the hole using a needle and thread that matches the material of the rug. In some cases, patches may also be used to cover up the hole.

After the hole has been repaired, the professional will then proceed to wash and dry the rug. This is done in order to remove any dirt or dust that may have accumulated during the repair process. Finally, the professional will inspect the rug one last time to ensure that the repair was done properly and that there are no remaining flaws.


If you have a moth problem in your home, it’s important to take care of it right away. Otherwise, the moths can cause damage to your carpets and other fabrics. A professional will be able to get rid of the moths quickly and efficiently. Here’s how a professional will get rid of moths in a Persian rug:

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  1. The first step is to inspect the rug for any signs of moths. This includes looking for larvae, webbing, or eggs. If you see any of these things, it’s important to call a professional right away.
  2. Once the inspection is complete, the next step is to vacuum the rug thoroughly. This will help to remove any larvae or eggs that are on the surface of the rug.
  3. The next step is to treat the rug with a special moth repellent. This will help to keep the moths away from the rug in the future.

4. Finally, the last step is to have the rug professionally cleaned. This will remove any remaining moths or larvae from the rug and help to restore its original beauty.

James Barclay have been repairing and cleaning all kinds of area rug for many years. This article outlines just some of the way in which the integrity and beauty of a rug might come under scrutiny but rest assured that if your fine rug needs some care and attention, give us a call: we will be able to help.

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