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We are happy to help our walk-in clients also, however, we are often out on area rug deliveries and may not be available if no appointment was made.  

Can Anything Be Done to Straighten Out My Area Rug? – Sedona AZ

Can Anything Be Done to Straighten Out My Area Rug? – Sedona AZ

If I had to take a guess, I would say that most rugs that come into us here at Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care are crooked or misshapen in some way.  It’s pretty rare to see a hand knotted rug that’s perfectly straight.  Some rugs are longer on one side than the other, or wider on one end, and some even have an obvious curve to them.  A hand knotted rug’s imperfect shape is just one of the many ways that show off the rug’s handcrafted nature.

As part of a handmade rug’s natural cycle, they will experience various degrees of shrinkage over time.  Many rugs with cotton foundation fibers experience misshaping when the cotton shrinks but the wool fibers do not.

Flatweave and needlepoint rugs are especially susceptible to this condition.  Simple spot cleaning, washing, and even humidity alone can cause various degrees of shrinkage or buckling in some rugs!

Most rugs that are badly buckled or rippled can be “blocked.”  Blocking involves gently stretching the rug out as it dries into a more even shape.  Of course, there are limits to how straight your rug can get through blocking and it won’t make your rug perfectly straight again.  Some rugs are too misshapen to correct without damaging the rug.  Most of the time, we are able to reach a happy middle ground for your rug.

You should also keep in mind that blocking is not a permanent solution – rugs will always have a tendency to return to its misshapen state and will do so over time and with use.

We at Arizona Oriental recommend getting a quality rug pad to sit beneath the rug to help prevent your rug from bunching up and to help your rugs keep their shape.  We carry the highest quality non-slip rug padding that we can find, so feel free to stop in and pick up a sample or give us a call and we can send you one!

Till next time, enjoy your beautiful art for your floor and remember a clean rug is a rug that can last you a lifetime!

Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care serves Sedona, Prescott, Prescott Valley, and much of the Northern Arizona areas. We meet the highest standards in professional cleaning of area rugs with rug wash specialists having earned the highest training which includes certification as WOOLSAFE FIBRE CARE SPECIALISTS through the WOOLSAFE ORGANISATION. Such extraordinary certification ensures the area rugs of our client’s receive the utmost in care.

If you have questions about how to fix a misshapen rug or would like a free estimate, then give us a call at 928-445-1718, visit our website at, or stop by Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at our rug washing facility at 565 EZ Street, Prescott, AZ 86301 (pick-up and delivery also available). (3-06-17).

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