Trim your fringe wisely…


So fringe makes you a little crazy too, huh?  I know how you feel.  I’ve got a little OCD running through my veins as well.  But before you get all Edward Scissorhands on your fringe, take a moment and read this post about how to alleviate your fringe pain without harming your rug.

For a hand-knotted rug, you can trim the fringe, or even tuck it under the rug, but removing the fringe is simply not an option.  Here’s why:  The fringe on your hand-knotted rug is an extension of the warp strings, or the “skeleton” on which your rug is knotted.  If you cut the fringe off, your rug will slowly begin falling apart.

We suggest taking your rug into a rug dealer to get the fringe trimmed.  I know it sounds ridiculously easy, but you may be surprised at how difficult it can be to keep the fringe straight, clean, and free of frayed edges.   If you absolutely must do it yourself, here is a method that will help to keep it looking good:

A third option is not as popular and is not necessarily recommended by us.  This method involves binding the fringe with the same surging method that is used on the side edges (selvedge) of the rug.  This is expensive work and is permanent, and can de-value your rug.

For machine-made or hand-tufted rugs, the fringe is not a part of the foundation and is usually aesthetic only.  The fringe is typically glued or sewn on and can usually be removed pretty easily.  Once you are sure of how the fringe is tacked on, feel free to remove it, as these rug types do not usually carry a huge amount of value in the future anyway.

If you are confused about what type of rug you have, or what to do with your fringe, consult your rug professional first.

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