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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.  

What Can Be Done for My Crooked Rug? – Prescott Valley AZ

What Can Be Done for My Crooked Rug? – Prescott Valley AZ

Most hand knotted rugs are not perfectly straight.  In fact, it’s pretty rare to see one that is and I don’t think I’ve ever seen one myself here at Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care in Prescott AZ.  Ruthie here and I’ve seen rugs that are longer on one side than the other as well as rugs that are wider at one end.  Some rugs even have an obvious, defined curve to them!  The imperfect shape of hand knotted rugs is just one of the many ways they show of their handcrafted nature.

Handmade rugs experience various degrees of shrinkage over time.  It’s just another part of the natural cycle of these handcrafted treasures.  Rugs that have cotton foundation fibers experience a distortion of shape when the cotton shrinks but the wool fibers do not.

Flatweave and needlepoint rugs are especially prone to this.  In fact, simple spot cleaning, washing, and even humidity alone can cause various degrees of shrinkage or buckling!

When it comes to rugs that are badly buckled or rippled, “blocking” can often be done.  This involves gently stretching the rug out as it dries into a more even shape.  Of course, your rug won’t be perfectly straight again after blocking but we are usually able to reach a happy middle ground.  However, there are times when a rug is too misshapen to correct without damaging the rug.

Keep in mind that blocking a rug is NOT a permanent solution.
Rugs will ALWAYS have a tendency to return to its misshapen state over time and with use.

Arizona Oriental always recommends a quality rug pad to all of our clients, especially when they are looking to prevent their rugs from bunching up or becoming misshapen further.  We carry the highest quality, non-slip rug padding around, so feel free to stop in to 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 Prescott Valley, Prescott, Sedona, 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.

Have questions about what can be done for a misshapen rug or would like a free estimate?  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). 

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