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Keeping it Together: Don’t Let Your Rug Fall Apart

Updated: Aug 20, 2020

There are several steps in the finishing process of making a rug, and can vary based on the style the designer chooses. First and foremost, to finish a rug,it is the final step before bringing it into your lovely home. If you look at any area rug, you’ll notice the finish around the perimeter.  Area rugs almost always have a style of finish applied on the edges, while wall-to-wall carpeting typically has no finish as there is no need for it.

There are three types of popular finishing styles for designers…


Binding, typically made of Jute, Cotton, Linen, or UV, is used to finish the edge of any carpet. The colors are generally matched close to the field color of the rug so the edge is not noticeable, just finished nicely.  Binding gives a rug more of a tailored look, a classic, elegant finish. Blackstone can typically bind rugs with 1" – 3" on the face, it is your preference.


Serging is another type of finish that resembles a “hand-sewn” look, with a thick fiber that is wrapped around the edge of the carpet continuously. It is often considered to provide a higher-end look than binding, and it is commonly seen on manufactured (pre-made) area rugs. The color options for serging are also matched with the field color of the rug. Serging is the most cost effective when using Blackstone.


Fringing is a common and somewhat iconic finish on area rugs. Many can picture the fringe on the short ends of rugs: long tassels (sometimes short), usually a white or off-white color. In hand-knotted rugs, the fringe is necessary, as it is the edge of the “backbone” fibers of the rug. On machine-made rugs, however, fringe is only for appearance and serves no practical purpose. Fringing is difficult to vacuum as the ends get sucked into the vacuum and tangled. Additionally, the fringe is easily stained or soiled, and usually difficult to clean. In the right home, Fringe is a great option.


A damaged rug or frayed, soiled edges gives the wrong impression to your design and can be easily avoided. Blackstone Carpets can ensure that your area rug and carpet is well-finished to outlast and have your showcase shine. Let us help, get in touch with us today – and if you need a designer, we have an expansive list to fit your needs! Happy designing!

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