Magazine article Sunset

Cut a Rug!

Magazine article Sunset

Cut a Rug!

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With a wide choice of bindings, carpet remnants are a quick route to a custom look

One person's discard is another's decorating opportunity. Enter carpet remnants, the smaller pieces left on a roll after a large order has been filled. With a little planning, you can turn a remnant into what is, in effect, a custom-designed area rug. Since dealers tend to sell remnants at a discount, it's well worth the extra effort.

Remnants can be 2-feet-square up to 20-feet-square. Most dealers will cut a remnant to the size you want and then bind it for you at little or no extra charge. Typical bindings include serging, machine-sewing the rug's raw edge to create a border that resembles a whipstitch; tape, a sewnon border made of leather, cotton, or synthetic material; and fringe, a border consisting of short, straight, or twisted threads that can be knotted in clusters or left plain.

Other possibilities are edging the remnant with upholstery fabric (the dealer will sew on fabric that you purchase elsewhere), piecing together several remnants in a sort of rug-quilt, or adding carpet inserts, which means carving out a section of the carpet and inserting another remnant in its place. …

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