Why Is Their A Leather Strap On My Rug?

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Why Is Their A Leather Strap On My Rug?

Sometimes we encounter a leather strap on the back sid of the rug normally found secured to the side cord of the rug.  This leather strap is placed on the rug after completion of the weaving or sometimes added at the point of sale of the rug.  The purpose of the strap is, to hold the side of the rug straight and not allow the edges to curl up and cause a tripping hazard.

It is not always needed on a rug and normally is placed on the rug when the weaver perhaps pulled the secure stitches for the sidecord to tight thus causing tension on the side cord which in-turn causes it to flip upward or curl.  On some rugs we have to go in and add a few stitches to relieve the tension on the rug so it will relax.  On some a simple added leather strap provides that relief.

Does it make your rug more or less valuable?  Of course not, it does not add value nor take away from the value of the rug.  Now if the strap is not leather and made of a lesser material, you may end up replacing it sooner.  

My advice is to bring your rug to a certified master rug cleaner like myself or someone like me to ensure that your rug is cleaned properly and your leather strap is protected. Until next time, Rugman Out!