Cotton Rug Repair & Restoration

Cotton Oriental Rug in Livingroom

Cotton rugs are an obvious choice for playrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms because they are machine washable and less expensive than other natural fiber rugs. Smart Choice can help you decide if this cotton rug is a candidate for rug repair, depending on its initial cost and the potential cost of repairs. We’ll never recommend expensive cotton rug repair on a rug that you could easily replace for a fraction of the price!

Cotton Rug Repair Process

A flat weave cotton rug is also called a looped rug, since the fibers run the length of the rug rather than being knotted, or tied.  Cotton rug repairs are similar to other types of rug repairs as long as you choose the right materials!

  • Repairing a tear or hole in your cotton rug may require reweaving a small section. This is an economical choice if you really love the rug and the damage is minimal. 
  • Reweaving involves unraveling the damaged area to a point where we can make strong connections for the new materials. Then, we hand-weave cotton threads back through the warps and wefts.
  • If your cotton rug has fringe, we can use any one of several fringe repair techniques to make it look as though the fringe was never damaged. These services are also great for customers who have white fringe on their rug and find it impossible to keep clean!

Our Most Common Fringe Repair Techniques:

– Attaching pre-made fringe over the original

– Employing a more complex reweaving technique known as re-fringing or implanting fringe

– Folding the fringe under and fastening it to the back of the rug so it isn’t seen

  • Edge repair for a cotton rug employs an overstitching technique that is common among all types of rugs with damaged edges.

Smart Choice pros carefully choose material that matches your rug in texture and color, then they bind the edges by hand to repair existing damage and prevent any more from occurring.

Cotton Area Rugs

Cotton can be grown in any tropical or sub-tropical climate, and indeed, it is grown all over the world for clothing, bedding, carpets, and more. Cotton is durable and soft, making it a perfect choice of material for rugs.

The origins of the cotton rug are not 100% clear, but it is widely accepted that Native Americans are responsible for the cozy, durable braided rug technique. When you hear the term ‘cotton rug,’ remember that it could apply to either braided rugs or flat weave cotton rugs.

Carpet Weaving

Flat woven rugs are highly popular. This type is largely mass-produced in factories. Cotton rugs are not meant to last decades like silk or wool rugs, so it is rare to find an expensive, hand-made cotton rug.

Here are the steps in cotton rug repair: 

  1. Cotton threads may be mercerized before weaving. Mercerizing is a technique performed on cotton to give it a silkier, shinier appearance. Any rug made with mercerized cotton should be labeled accordingly.
  2. To create a flat weave cotton rug, a weaver will build warps and wefts with cotton yarn on a basic loom, then yarn is woven in and out of these structures to create stripes and other, more intricate patterns.
  3. The ends of a flat weave rug are overstitched to bind the edges tightly in a technique similar to overcasting. A cotton rug may or may not have fringe because of this method.

Cotton rugs are an obvious choice for playrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms because they are machine washable and less expensive than other natural fiber rugs. Smart Choice can help you decide if this cotton rug is a candidate for rug repair, depending on its initial cost and the potential cost of repairs. We’ll never recommend expensive cotton rug repair on a rug that you could easily replace for a fraction of the price!