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The Simple and Earth-Conscious Way to Get a "Like New" Rug

Something old can indeed become new again. Rugs can take on a completely new look with some minor area rug repair techniques or rug dyeing. We'll introduce you to some great ideas to give your Oriental rug or fine area rug a newfound use!

Recycle, reuse, repurpose, upcycle; these are many of the "green" terms you'll hear a lot, especially this month. April 22nd is Earth Day, and with landfill waste at an all-time high, it is critical that we reduce our carbon footprint. Upcycling, reuse, recycling, and repurposing are great ways to do just that and can easily be integrated into your standard way of living. First, let's get clear on the terminology. These terms can be used for any object, but for the purpose of this article; the object will be an area rug.

Upcycling- taking materials such as an area rug or an Oriental rug that is no longer wanted or needed and creatively transforming them into something else that you do want or need. An example would be having your Oriental rug made into accent pillows.

Recycle- processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and turning them into new products. Much like upcycling, only recycling connotes reselling. i.e., rug and furniture consignment. Before listing your rug for sale, hire a professional to clean your rug. An area rug cleaning and repair on your rug will pay for itself when you sell.

Reuse- take the same area rug that you do not want or anticipate needing and actually rethink that stance. It's all about perspective. Perhaps your area rug isn't working for you in your living room, but open your mind to a new possibility of it having a renewed life in your office or bedroom.

Repurpose-adapt an area rug for a new purpose. Think about having your rug cut to make a table runner, wall art, or alter it to be a bed throw or cover. A professional area rug repair and restoration company will be able to transform your rug.

Perhaps you'd really like to keep your rug, but it is damaged or noticeably worn. Woven rugs and some machine-made rugs can be repaired. Artistic alterations can also be made. Ugly fringes can be hidden under the rug, and stained fringes can be tea dyed to hide the stain and create a whole new look. Watch video. Again, a professional Oriental rug repair service can transform your fine area rug. Bal Arisi offers many services such as stain treatment, rug dyeing, rug repairs, and area rug washing.

Or maybe your rug doesn't match your interior décor anymore. Vintage overdyed Persian and Oriental rugs are very popular now. Overdyed rugs are essentially upcycled into newer, more attractive versions of themselves. If done correctly, they're colorfast and won't run or transfer onto anything else. Worn areas add to the distressed look, and the overdye brings the rug's look into a more modern design.

Having trouble envisioning a new version of your rug, give Bal Arisi a call; we're happy to help.

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