Braided Rug Restoration and Repair by Marge

Do you have a treasured rug at home, perhaps made by a deceased loved one, that you think is beyond repair? Perhaps not...this is a note from one of my early restoration clients:

"I saw your website and had new hope for my grandmother's rug. Your restoration projects are simply amazing. I admire your skill."..."The rug looks beautiful! I can't tell where the damaged part used to be. I'm amazed that you were able to restore it as quickly as you did"

Made in 1960 by her grandmother, this 6' X 9' oval braided rug was given to my client by her grandmother when she moved into her first apartment. Over the years, as a result of normal wear and tear and damage by a dog, the rug looked as in the photograph on the right and was no longer useable. The rug brought back memories of her grandmother and my client wanted it restored so that it could once again occupy an honored place in her home.

"Grandmother's Rug" Before

I had to replace quite a bit of the braid which was no longer useable. It also required re-lacing many of the seams that has split over time. This along with a good cleaning of sprouts and a shampoo really made the rug come alive as the following photographs show.

Since this repair I've had the pleasure of bringing happiness to many other heirloom rug owners. I think one client expressed it best when she wrote...

"You did a beautiful job on the rug!...The whole experience was more than just "getting the rug finished." You transformed it into a fond rememberance of things past, a joy in the present and a treasure for the future, through your kind and sympathetic handling of the entire effort. I and my family are truly thankful."

Repairing old braided rugs can be very frustrating. It's like renovating an old never know what your are going to run into. But there is no reward quite like the reaction of a client after they've had a treasured family possession returned to them.
Take a few minutes and scroll down for "Before" & "After" pix. Some of them are truly amazing.

If you have a rug that you would like repaired, send me an email (or letter) describing the rug, i.e. size, shape, material, age, and a history of the rug along with photographs showing the entire rug and closeups of the damaged area(s). I would also like to know if the rug is laced or sewn. (Unfortunately, I cannot repair manufactured rugs...just those made by hand.) Based on what you send I will give you an estimate of the repair cost. The estimates are usually fairly acurate. However I work on an hourly basis and the actual repair could be more or less than the estimate. There would also be shipping and handling, both ways, unless you are close enough to deliver and/or pickup the rug yourself. For more information please Email me.

These are "after" photos of a small sample of rugs that I have repaired.
Click on title to see "before" photos and client comments.

Dad's Rug



American Treasure


Jane's Treasure

Nana's Rug


Dorothy's Memories

Aunt Faney's Rug

Aunt Gladys' Rug

A Treasured Gift

Isabelle's Rug

Nancy's Rug

Here are more of my restoration projects . Click on the name and check out the "before" and "after" pictures. Some are truly amazing.

Marg's Rug
Loxi's Rugs
Sheri's Rug
Amish Art
Mom-Mom's Rug
Johanna's Rug
Mae's Rug
Sharon's Treasure
Marie Anna's Rug
Star Struck
Stars & Stripes
Karen's Rug
Ronnie's Rug
Hadley's Rug
Deb's Rug
Pauline's Rug
Jone's Family Treasure
Rick's Rug
Great Grandmother's Rug

Hinckley Heirloom

Minnie's Rug
Madeliene's Rugs
Mildred's Rug
Laurie's Rug
Sandy's Rugs
Family Treasure
Grandma's Rug
Roseanne's Rug
Oma's Rugs
Doris Emma's Rug
Donna's Rug
Luette's Rug
Stratton's Heirlooms
Cathy's Rug
Pamela's Rug
Inherited Treasure
Doris' Rugs
Gloria's Rug
Andrea's Rug

Sena's Rug
Selma's Rugs
Sue's Rug
Margaret's Rug
Nancy's Rugs
John's Rug
Sidone's Rug
Lori's Rug
Grandmother's Rug
Florence & Bertha's Rug
Palmer Heirloom
Mom's Rug
Hatfield Rugs
Nathalie's Rug
Rainbow I & II
Grandma Ruthie's Rug
Julie's Rug
Seacoast Rug
Gigi & Missy's Rug
Rita's Rug
Genevieve's Rug


Nana Anna's Rug

Mom's Rug
Ducky's Rug/Robin's Rug
Aunt Virginia's Rugs
Ruth's Rugs
Faustina's Rugs
Hannah's Rugs
Deb's Rug
New England Treasure
Cabot's Rug
Gary's Family Heirloom
Cheryl's Heirloom
Old Fashioned Charms
Jane & Mary's Creation
Dorothy's Rug
Tina's Rug
Gladys Marie's Rug
Meme's Rug
Jenkin's Rug
Cora's Rug
Grandma Frederick's Rug
Mom & Dad's Rug


If you're interested in learning to braid check out my 2 new videos,
"How To Make an Oval Braided  Rug" and "How To Make a Round Braided Rug".

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