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Repairs, stains, re-fringe, dry rot and other

This area of the Rug Estimator Pro is to further detail other problems your rug may.  This information should be used in proper conjunction with the condition category.  Photographs and examples are posted at the bottom of the page.

Take a careful look at your rug to evaluate both serious and non-serious problems.  Not so serious problems include: a subtle/good repair, a very light stain which may or may not come out, moth damage on the back of the rug, etc.  Serious issues which may or may not also affect condition include dry rot, large reduction in length and/or width of carpet (goes into borders) large patchwork, loose and/or obvious repairs, odor, need of general cleaning, obvious and/or permanent stains.

In both instances of problems small and large, calculate the square footage of affected area, and use the appropriate category as available in the appraisal tool.  For example, let's say your carpet is  9'x12' (108 sq. feet) and has a not-so-visible stain covering 1 sq. foot of the rug (<1%).  In this case, use the category which matches the dimension appropriately.  If you have a second not so obvious stain which covers 2%, and the carpet has re-fringe (3%) the combined affected area counts as 6%, and for purposes of the rug estimator Pro should be noted as "Subtle 5-10%." 

Additional information: 

Dry rot, mildew, odor, pet stains:  Should your rug have any of these problems,  it should be in the "poor" or "very poor" condition categories.  

Added fringe should be reported in "good" condition at best.  Re-fringe should be reported as ~3% or in the "0-4% subtle" category.  That is to say, if an additional 2% of the rug has problems on top of the rug having re-fringe, it should be placed in the "Subtle problem 5-10%" category.

Reduced size rug In some cases, older rugs are taken in several inches or more to give a cleaner look.  Although not an unacceptable practice, this will affect the value of your rug.  Using the appraisal tool, attempt to evaluate the square footage which has been removed.  To give an example, if the rug is a 9x12, and the border has been removed a half foot on each end (combined 9%), this would equate to 9 sq. ft of the rug removed (9x12=108 sq. ft.) or 10%.  In this case, select "Subtle problem 5-10%."  A rug with this this significant of a problem at best should be reported as being in "fair" condition.  If there is any additional problem, be sure to include these and also adjust condition as appropriate. 

The carpet photographed below is an indo (Indian) Peking design carpet approximately 40 years old.  Looking at the reverse of the carpet, this carpet exhibits classic symptoms of a moth-eaten rug.  If you look at the circled area, you can see where there should be red knots has been eaten down to the foundation.  Look more carefully, and you can see other areas which have been eaten as well.  For purposes of the rug estimator pro, you may claim this to be "0-4% subtle (re-fringe and other)" in the repair category if no wool pulls from the front of the carpet.  If wool does come out, assess to what extent, and estimate accordingly.  In any event, carefully check your carpet for moth infestation and vacuum several times on the face and reverse side with both a suction vacuum (shop vacuum) and beater vacuum (rotating roller.)

Moth damage to the Reverse side of an older Indian Oriental Rug

Below is a face of a Jaldar double -knotted rug which had been eaten by moths.  This should be noted as a "0-4% subtle" damage as it is the size of a US quarter and cannot be seen from 6 feet away.

Moth Damage to the Pile of a Jaldar Double knotted rug from Pakistan

Below is an antique Heriz (100+ years old) which has been worn badly, past the foundation.  Even if this is the only area of the rug showing a hole, the rug should be considered at best "poor" condition with "Very Low and/or Very Uneven: foundation showing" and most importantly regarding the repairs/damaged section: "0-3% damage obvious".  This is a very good example of a carpet which could be well worth a professional repair to bring it up to usable standards.

Antique Persian Heriz with heavy localized wear

The following is an indo (made in India) Kerman with moderate water-staining.  Often if a rug has been exposed to water and not properly dried, it can take on "dry rot" which deteriorates the fibers.  You will know your carpet has been subject to dry-rot if it has become hard, brittle and susceptible to cracking.  Photographed below is the back of the rug showing a strong water mark.  Although this does travel through the rug, it is more evident on the back.  If the stain is unseen on the front, and no dry rot is present, this may be claimed as "0-4% subtle" as the problem is isolated on the reverse side of the carpet.  If the stain is seen on the front, decide if it is evident or subtle.  In any case, if the rug is suffering from dry-rot, it should be placed in the "poor" category with "0-3% obvious" in the repair section even if only seen from the back.

Dry Rot in an Indian Interpretation of a Kerman Design

This is how evident damage can be as shown in the Indo (Indian) Sino rug below.  Although the rug may clean up, and there is no dry-rot present, this rug is considered as "poor" condition with "0-3%" obvious staining.

Indian Interpretation of Chinese Art Deco Rug with heavy staining to the pile

Although it does not translate a significant amount on the face of the rug, this semi-antique tabriz has been both patched and latexed.  Because any cosmetic issues are isolated on the back, mark this item as having "0-4% subtle".  This particular rug was brand new with absolutely no signs of wear and kept in inventory for over 50 years. Although in otherwise perfect condition, the repair prevents this rug from being in "excellent" condition, and would more appropriately be placed in the "Good" condition category.

A Tabatabaei Tabriz with Latex repair

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