I was considering hanging a rug I recently
purchased in Iraq. I bought it from a shop on a FOB. The seller claimed it to
be Iranian Qom silk rug. If I hang it I am going to use your suggestion of
sewing a long cloth sleeve on the back of the rug. I cannot do it myself and
will be going to a sew shop nearby. My questions are: Will a machine sewed on
sleeve damage my rug? Will you be able the see the threads from the sewn on
sleeve from the front of the rug? Is the removal of the sleeve a simple
Thanks in advance for your response.
Thanks for writing in.
Does appear to be a silk Qum rug
and a good looking one at that. Has a
in the minor guard border
at the top (on the right of the photo). Doesn't
necessarily affect value, but is a nice feature.
Sleeves should be hand sewn, and hand sewn only.
We are unaware of any machines which have the capacity to do so
for a hand knotted rug
such as yours. However, what we can say with
most certainty is the use of a machine would not be advisable for
aesthetics (thread may show on the front), removal, and most
importantly: a high potential for damaging the rug.
We would strongly recommend anywhere you take the rug for such
work to ask for examples of what the final result will look like. Make
sure no adhesive will be used, and all alterations will be completely
Simple, hand stitched sleeves will have approximately 3 points per
inch, making removal (if desired) very simple and unobtrusive.
Properly done, you will not see any signs of alteration on the face of
a carpet. Any reputable shop who has previously performed such work
will have some representation of their skill.
All the best and thanks for writing in!
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