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Monday, July 27, 2020 - 7:55am
An area rug showing signs of sprouting.

Have you ever noticed that your rug has a few tufts of wool that seem to shoot up above the pile? No need to worry, this is called "sprouting," and is normal with a hand spun or hard twisted wool rug. Some rugs are more prone to have sprouts than others, as it depends on how they are made and what they are made of.

There are some guidelines when it comes to taming those sprouts, and no matter how many you get, you will want to treat them all the same. Most importantly, DO NOT pull on the sprouts, as it can remove strands of wool and create a small hole in the rug, or worse, damage the warp and weft. The best way to remove them is to take scissors, and with the blades parallel to the pile, trim the tuft off so that the surface of wool is even with the surrounding rug.

Rug sprouting be trimmed

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