Antique Rug & Carpet Restoration & Repair

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Antique Rug Restoration & Carpet Restoration

At BAFRA, we provide access to rug restoration and carpet restoration and repair. Every member has been rigorously assessed and vetted. Our members are all established businesses that are fully accredited and work to the highest standards and ethics.

Antique Rug Restorers and Carpet Restorers at BAFRA

Antique rug and carpet restoration is a meticulous craft preserving the beauty and history woven into these treasures. Over time, these pieces endure wearing, tears, discolouration, and structural damage, necessitating restoration to revive their original grandeur. BAFRA skilled restorers assess the rug's condition, meticulously cleaning, repairing tears, reweaving damaged sections, and stabilising fringes. This process demands a deep understanding of weaving techniques, dye compositions, and historical context to ensure authenticity.

Our restorers will source matching fibres, colours, and patterns, seamlessly integrating new elements while preserving the rug's authenticity. They delicately address age-related issues, from fading to weakened fibres, reviving colours and textures without compromising the rug's integrity.

Antique rug restoration not only rejuvenates these intricate textiles but also enhances their value. Each restoration breathes new life into these heirlooms, allowing their timeless beauty and rich stories to continue captivating admirers for years to come.


Antique Rug and Carpet Restoration FAQs

Can an antique rug or carpet be restored?

Yes, an antique rug or carpet can be restored, repaired and conserved by a BAFRA-accredited specialist, who specialises in the preservation of antique and contemporary rugs and carpets from around the world, restoring an antique rug or carpet to their original look, using methods such as specialist cleaning, reweaving and re-knotting. BAFRA restorers employ specialised techniques to repair tears, mend frayed edges, address stains, and reweave intricate patterns using matching fibres. This intricate craft aims not only to repair damages but also to revive the original colours, textures, and structural integrity of these treasured pieces. An antique rug restorer will also do their best to maintain the rug or carpet's condition while stopping, or slowing down any further deterioration.

What types of antique rug and carpet restoration treatments are available?

Restoration can tackle various damages, including tears, holes, fraying, fading, stains, moth damage, and structural issues like weakened fibres or unravelling edges. Our experienced rug and carpet conservator-restorers offer broad-ranging treatment options for both functional rugs and those on display, including robust repairs, support treatment and preventive advice. Antique rug and carpet cleaning are also available including dust extraction and surface wet cleaning, through to an intricate surface cleaning of fragile textiles. Stain removal and mould treatment are also available, along with specialist full immersion cleaning for smoke, fire and flood damage.

Is restoration suitable for all antique rugs and carpets?

Restoration feasibility for antique rugs and carpets varies based on factors like damage severity, age, and material availability. While most pieces can undergo restoration, irreparable damage or extensive wear might limit restoration options. Assessing each rug individually determines suitability; some may benefit from conservation to maintain authenticity without extensive intervention. BAFRA specialists evaluate the rug's condition, considering its historical value and the feasibility of restoration techniques. While many pieces can be revitalised, some may require delicate preservation to honour their age and cultural significance without altering their original state, respecting their unique history and craftsmanship.

Does restoration affect the value of antique rugs and carpets?

Restoration, when expertly executed, can positively impact the value of antique rugs and carpets by preserving authenticity, beauty, and functionality. Restoration enhances their appeal, potentially increasing their market worth among collectors and enthusiasts. However, improper or excessive restoration might diminish value if it compromises authenticity or alters the rug's original characteristics. Careful restoration, preserving historical integrity while addressing damages, often results in an elevated value, allowing these treasured rugs to retain their cultural significance and allure in the world of antique textiles.

Why choose a BAFRA-accredited member to restore an antique rug or carpet?

The importance of having an antique rug or carpet restored by a BAFRA-accredited qualified craftsman cannot be stressed enough. There is considerable experience required behind the approach to every antique rug and carpet restoration job, and if particular expertise is required, there are restorers and conservators of varying specialisms available to provide a full range of antique rug and carpet conservation services. BAFRA members have in-depth knowledge based on more than 20 years of experience restoring, repairing and conserving antique rugs and carpets.

Find BAFRA Accredited Rug & Carpet Restoration & Repair Specialists

All accredited, full members are required to have at least five years as a conservation-restoration professional (the average member today has 23 years experience) and pass an exacting assessment on their skills, knowledge and business credentials. Our members acknowledge the importance of continuous professional development to keep abreast of advances in knowledge, skills and technical developments in rug and carpet restoration and repair.

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Every BAFRA member is an expert in their field and is actively involved in Continual Professional Development (CPD) to keep abreast of advances in knowledge, skills and technical developments.


Every one of our members are required to have a minimum of 5 years' professional experience, although the average is well over 20 years' experience.


Honesty and authenticity are our key principles, and we ensure that all members are fully vetted and must hold appropriate insurance. We also offer a comprehensive complaints mediation service.

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