Burns Hole Repair

Burns, Mildew & Rot


The wool and silk in handmade rugs is naturally non-flammable – but a hot ember or naked flame can still cause extensive damage.  If the wool is singed or the cotton foundations burned, it is important to mend the affected area as soon as possible. Fear not though, almost everything and anything can be restored to its original condition!

We have extensive experience in repairing burn and fire-damaged rugs. From small ember burn holes to large sections needing structural repair, we will exactly match the wool and silk to repair each section damaged.

Please do not assume the worst for fire and burn damaged rugs – in most cases we can restore them. It is worth noting that many of our clients come to us for a second opinion on an insurance write off, when in-fact the rug or carpet concerned can be repaired and returned to its former glory.

Mildew & Rot

Mildew is a fungus, the growth of which can penetrate natural fibres and break them down, producing rot. Both cotton and wool are susceptible to mildew and rot, but cotton (often the foundation of a rug) is especially vulnerable.

When cotton becomes affected by serious mildew and rot, it loses strength and becomes brittle. Signs to look out for are any creaking or cracking sounds when a rug is bent or rolled. If a rug has widespread rot, we usually suggest moving it to a sunlit area free of footfall, where it can be allowed to rest without disturbance.

The ultraviolet rays of sunlight help to destroy mildew. Where rot damage has occurred, we gently clean and then thoroughly dry the affected area. If rot has compromised the foundations of the rug we will reweave and re-knot the damaged sections.

If a rug is being put into storage, we always recommend having the piece cleaned and dried. It is vital that rugs in storage be kept dry. If there is any humidity they will need to be regularly aired in sunlight to prevent any harmful fungal growth.

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    Chelsea, London

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    New Town, Edinburgh

    The Oriental Rug Repair Company collected, kept me updated and delivered our carpet repaired to the highest standard. We are thrilled and highly recommend.

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    Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire

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    East Lothian, Scotland

    Great, wonderful job guys, thank you.

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    Wandsworth, London

    An extremely skilled job done wonderfully, a lovely family business to deal with. We will use again with confidence.

    Our process

    We collect your rugs
    Appraisal and valuation
    Hand Clean/Repair
    We deliver back

    Our Main OfficesOpen 7 Days a Week

    We cover the whole of the UK

    Head Offices

    Blackwell House, Guildhall Yard
    London EC2V 5AE
    0207 556 1020

    28 Rutland Square
    Edinburgh EH1 2BW
    0131 221 6527


    Local Offices

    South London – Unit 7,
    2 Linford Street, SW8 4AB

    North London –
    8 Oxgate Lane, NW2 7JN

    Leeds – Vicarage Chambers,
    9 Park Square East, LS1 2LH

    Newbury – Wessex House,
    Oxford Road, RG14 1PA

    Windsor – Castle Hill House,
    12 Castle Hill, SL4 1PD

    Cheltenham – Harley House,
    29 Cambray Place, GL50 1JN

    Tunbridge Wells –
    85 High Street, Kent, TN1 1XP

    Bath – 4 Queen Street,
    BA1 1HE

    10 Boundary Way,
    Woking, Surrey, GU21 5DH

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