Clients often worry that once a hole or tear has formed or, more commonly, moth damage, that their rug is ruined. We have known customers to throw out their rug after such damage (we would urge you to never throuw out a handmade rug! It may be beyond a state of viable repair but could still have use).
We can deal with moth damage, holes, tears here. This work is highly skilled but may not cost as much as you would think, particularly if the foundation is still in place in the case of moth damage or if the tear is straight with no material loss.
Often, if there is a lot of damage, a repair may not be feasible as it would cost a similar amount to repair as to replace, however almost any damage is fixable, that is the beauty of a handmade rug. If your rug is particularly damaged or you are thinking of throwing it out please don’t. Donate it or hand it in, we can always recycle the wool for other repairs and may be able to offer a little cash for it depending on condition.
The first stage to the repair of moth damage is to kills the moths (and subsequent larvae and eggs) that are infesting the rug. The quicker this is done the better, we will do this if your rug is in for cleaning or repair but you may wish to stem the issue at home yourself. For this we offer specialized German moth products in the form of a moth spray which kills the moths, larvae and eggs and a moth trap which uses phermones to attract the adult male moths which are then trapped meaning they can no longer mate.