Rug resizing is becoming an increasingly common request from clients who are either moving into smaller homes, or simply redecorating. There are instances when we recommend against it, such as when a rug is an antique or of an exceptionally fine quality. In those instances, unnecessarily modifying the rug would compromise its value. But when a client has a beloved rug that is not an antique and is of good, but not exceptional, quality, and the client's circumstances require that the rug be made to fit into a new space, resizing is a good solution.
What is resizing? Resizing generally means to make a rug smaller, though in rare instances it can also mean to extend the rug (resizing to make a rug bigger is much more costly than resizing to make it smaller as the new portion of the larger rug is woven or knotted by hand). In some instances, resizing affects one edge only, such as by cutting along one side of a fringe. This is the most cost effective form of resizing, but is generally only possible when a rug has a continuous design so that cutting one edge will not result in awkward asymmetry.
Resizing along two opposite edges is another option and is the recommended course to follow when a non-continuous pattern exists so as to keep the pattern symmetrical. If resizing along both the vertical and horizontal edges is necessary, then the pattern of the rug will also dictate whether it will be necessary to cut along just two edges or all edges. This last option is the most labor intensive as it requires cutting and binding along the entire perimeter of the rug. No matter how many edges are affected, resizing is an excellent way to make a beloved rug warm up a new space. --