“Oriental Rugs With Fringe”
What Are Rug Fringes?
Carpet fringes/tassels are the natural formation of cotton strings at both the ends of every hand-knotted rug. It is a part of a rug that naturally takes its form when the rug is taken out from the loom after the weaving. Fringes are one of the ways that tell or determine the authenticity of an original knotted Oriental carpet.
Fringes in rugs are something that has come a long way. It is the natural style of every hand knotted rug that will never go out of fashion as long as knotted rug construction would exist.
What Are Fringes In Oriental Rugs?
Rug tassels are the extension of a rug. It’s part of the weft that sticks out at the end of the carpet and is just for decoration purposes.
So what are the typical fringes seen in some of the types of Indian carpets and rugs?
Fringes like on Mir rugs, Jaldars, or the Bokharas, there are long extensions of the weft, and as you can see, you know they’re usually like an ivory color they stick out beyond the rug.
Ikat rugs, if you notice, the tassels on an Ikat rug are much shorter, not really a very decorative edge, but you know it’s still considered a fringe on the rug. What’s the difference there, and what’s the purpose behind it? Well, that’s all about preference.
While some people prefer to have fringes on the rugs, some don’t. The difference is that the Bokhara or the Jaldar the fringe is the weft part, extending beyond the rug and decoration. You also have other different kinds of fringes. For instance, on machine-made carpets, the fringes are not part of the rug.
Standard Fringe Size
The fringes in area rugs do not have any standard size; however, they are often 2 to 5 inches. The rug’s fringe size does not count when measuring the rug’s total size; it is left out.
Fringes On Machine-made Rugs | Artificial/Fake Fringes
Machine-made rugs have fake fringes as they are not constructed as a part of the rug. After the machine-made carpet or area rug is complete, the fringe is added or serged onto the end of it as a machine-made rug.
Oriental Rug Fringe Replacement | Fringe Repair
Sometimes when the rug becomes old and the fringes start to go bad, people go and try to get a new fringe many times, machine-made fringes are put on these hand-knotted rugs. They look as good as a hand-knotted fringe would, but they still are the fake fringes.
What kind of rug frills somebody wants is a preference, but if somebody needs to have the fringe of their rug repaired, what companies will do? Competent rug repair companies can cut the carpet off, cut the old fringes off, and then they’ll serge a new fringe onto the end. If it’s done right, you really can’t tell, it looks nice, and they’ll do a good job.
Oriental Rug Without Fringe
The point to get here is that although knotted carpets have fringes, you will find the same without any sign of fringes in them. So does it mean that rugs without fringes are not genuine oriental rugs? Well, the answer to that is a NO. Some rugs have hidden, trimmed fringes, and such fringeless rugs do not lose the tag of a real oriental rug/carpet.
How To Hide Rug Fringe
Knotted Persian area rugs with fringe is a tag to tell the rug is a Persian/Oriental rug, but this is not the same all the time. Some modern hand knotted rugs, and traditional form rugs like the modern Gabbeh rugs come in no fringes. Although they do not show tassels in them, these rugs are authentic knotted rugs because, in reality, the natural fringes are in there but hidden.
If you already have fringes in your carpet but do not want to show them for some reason, then there are two ways to go about it:
First, remove them, take it to a nearby rug repair shop, and remove it altogether. The second is the DIY way you can easily hide the fringes without removing the fringes permanently. Use a ‘carpet binding tape’ to comb the carpet fringes straight behind the carpet and tape it.
How To Add Fringe To A Rug? | How To Replace Rug Fringe
There are two ways to attach fringes to a rug. The first way, attach a readymade or fake fringes to the rug, and the other way is to attach in its natural way by weaving fringes to the end of a rug. When attaching the natural fringes, the rug is laid on the floor with its bottom side facing up.
Cleaning Fringe On Oriental Rugs
So how to clean fringe on oriental rugs?
Cleaning the fringes in a carpet is much easier than cleaning the Persian oriental carpet as a whole. The only point of concern while cleaning the boundaries is to see that the rug’s edge color is not pulled to the cotton fringes.
The easy way to escape the color getting on the tassels is to wash it carefully by ensuring the cleaning solution does not touch the rug’s edges.
- Lay the rug flat and comb the fringes out so that no string is left behind. To ensure no rug colors get caught in the rug’s cotton strains, separate them with any long and flat object like a ruler/scale.
- Make a solution by mixing 1/8th of ammonia in a cup of water.
- Grab a white towel and dip in the readymade solution, and rub on the fringes. For stubborn stains on the fringes, use a soft bristle brush.
Care And Maintenance Of Persian Rug With Fringe
- When cleaning the floor, to protect the fringe from getting, hide them by folding them under the rug.
- To keep rug fringe straight or to keep it at one place, simply comb the fringes using ‘rug fringe comb’ and then by using a ‘rug fringe tape’ or duct tape or a transparent packing tape to anchor/tape them.
- Ideally, it is best to ensure the fringes in a rug is short in size. It is easier to protect shorter tassels from getting torn or damaged before time. If you have one that already has long fringes, consider trimming the fringes by self or professionally by some rug fringe repair shop nearby.
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