Oriental Rugs & Carpets
The Rug Shop of Tunbridge Wells offers a wide range of traditional Persian rugs, Afghan rugs, Indian rugs and Oriental rugs & carpets from some of the worlds most renowned rug-weaving nations. The designs of our pieces range from having highly detailed floral motifs to bold, simple geometric patterns. We also have some of the latest and most stylish modern and contemporary rugs and carpets. If while searching through our catalogue you find something that you like and wish to view it in your home before making a purchase, let us know, and we can arrange a free home visit to bring our rugs to you. Based in Tunbridge Wells on the border of Kent and East Sussex, we are able to cover the entire south east and London areas.
For authentic charm at a modest price, try our colourful flat-weave kilim. The tribal designs have a contemporary edge, so they look great just about anywhere!
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Professional Rug Cleaning
The Rug Shop of Tunbridge Wells provides a professional, highly specialised rug and carpet cleaning service. Our traditional Persian washing system is able to clean any Oriental, Persian, Afghan, Turkish, Indian and Chinese pieces. We're also able to clean Shaggy pile rugs, silk rugs, hand-knotted rugs, antique rugs, tufted rugs and machine made rugs. Our custom built cleaning facilities are large enough to clean rugs and carpets of any size. If you need help bringing your rug too us for cleaning, let us know, so we can arrange to have it collected, cleaned and delivered back to you. by visiting our cleaning page you will be able to see a video of our rug cleaning process as well as receive a free quote for the service.
Carpets and rugs should be professionally cleaned every two or three years. Regular hoovering is essential and helps to reduce the build up of dust and grit within the foundation of the rug. Regular inspection of rugs and carpets is very important to check for any moth activity – particularly those regions that are hidden beneath furniture. If unchecked moth damage can seriously hurt your rug and can be expensive to repair. We strongly advise against the use of normal steam cleaning and surface cleansing. These methods do not extract the accumulated particles at the foundation of the rug. During such methods, the superficial addition of moisture and fluids results in the particles forming a solid mass. This causes weakening of the fibres, and in the long term damage to both the pile and foundation of your rug.
Professional Rug Restoration & Repairs
Is your rug in need of some repair? The Rug Shop of Tunbridge Wells also provides a professional rug, carpet and kilim repair and restoration service. Our highly trained repairers and restorers are able to repair and restore fringes, selvedges, rips, tears and holes in any handmade rug, carpet or kilim. If large parts of your handmade rug is missing due moth damage or general wear and tear - we'll be able to fully restore them to their former glory. Whether your rug is new or antique and has been damaged; we are able to repair it. We have years of experience repairing and restoring many types of Oriental rugs and Carpets including: Persian, Afghan, Indian, Turkish, Pakistani, Chinese, Nepalese and Tibetan rugs. We also have experience restoring European pieces and tapestries.
General wear can cause damage to the fringes. Fringes are the weft threads of the foundation of the rug or carpet, so worn fringes can cause the rug to literally unravel over time. Three options are available in this case, depending on the degree of damage. We can apply ‘stop-end’ thread to halt any further damage. The fringes themselves can then be trimmed or re-built. Alternatively, a few warp threads can be removed to neaten up the edge of the carpet, and a new ‘stop-end thread’ is added. Finally, if damage is more severe and some of the pile itself is affected we can re-build the end. This is done by reinstating warp and weft threads, interpret the existing pattern and adding further knots to re-pile the new foundation threads.
The sides of the rug (selvedge) can be worn, which can result in warp threads being depleted. We can re-bind and secure these selvedges (side cords) to tidy the rug, Securing the edges will prevent further damage.
Restoration of Holes and Moth Damage
We can repair any holes, splits and tears in your rug and carpet by reinstating the foundation threads, then matching the existing pattern and adding new knots to the foundation. Moth damage can cause loss of pile. We repair these threadbare regions by matching the existing pattern and adding new knots to the foundation.
Why Buy Underlay?
Underlay is Important for a variety of reasons. Over time, hand knotted rugs can lose their shape and become stretched due to foot fall. Underlay helps to minimise the degree of stretching that occurs with regular traffic, therefore, the shape of the rug is maintained. Underlay helps to keep the rug in place and prevents slippage. We stock the best Underlay which works on all types of flooring