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A Note About Fringe

Posted on August 31, 2012 by Susan Brouwer

Many of our customers have wondered why rugs have fringe and some have requested that the fringe be "taken off."

The fringe on handwoven rugs is an integral part of the rug that is actually the warp that was strung on the loom. After the rug is finished, the warp is cut off the loom and the fringe is tied close to the woven or knotted part of the rug to hold the knots in place.

On many of our rugs, particularly the Tibetan rugs, the fringe has been bound off or bound back so that the ends have no fringe. For contemporary designs, this provides a clean, sleek look. If you'd like to order a rug that comes with fringe, but would like to have it bound back, there's a good chance we can take care of that before delivery.

For traditional rugs, fringe is also traditional -- simply because it is an integral part of the rug. Some of our customers have expressed concern about catching the fringe in their vacuum cleaners, thereby damaging it. A sure way to not have this happen is to vacuum backwards from the rug, pulling the vacuum from the pile to the fringe and off. The vacuum will only catch the fringe if you push the vacuum towards the fringe.

Fringes are the first part of a rug to show signs of wear. If you lose your fringes or the fringe shows signs of wearing back into the rug, feel free to send us a note, and we'll work with you to find a reputable repair person for your rug.
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