How To Finish a Hand Tufted Rug?

It’s important to finish a hand tufted rug because it can protect it from the floor’s dirt, dust, and other debris. A well-made rug can also last for many years, so it’s worth the investment to finish it properly. There are a few different ways that you can finish a rug. You can either bind the edges with a strip of fabric, use a special backing material, or just let the edges fray. In this article you will know how to finish your rug so it will be more durable.


How do you finish the edge of a tufted rug?

There are a few ways to finish the edge of a tufted rug. One way is to use a rug binding tape (1) when you have applied the glue and backing fabric. Another way is to use a hot glue gun to glue the edge down that is common known as waterfall edge (2) when you have done this, spread glue and place the backing fabric to protect the rug. 

(1) Photo from @mooody.rugs


(2) Waterfall Edge – Caption from a video of AJ MAKES

Remember that to protect the yarns and prevent it from shedding you have to seal with glue. Depending on the intended use of the creation, expected lifespan and type of project, the appropriate primary adhesive will be chosen.

  • For floor rugs we recommend the AAT 132 which is a synthetic latex compound formulated to laminate secondary backings to custom area rugs.
  • For pillows, wall hangings and other objects the best option are acrylic adhesive like Elmer’s glue.
  • For garments a vulcanized brushable latex.

After the primary  adhesive has been applied, you have to put a backing cloth

  • For floor rugs there are some optiones like felt, action bac and backing cloth.
  • For pillows, wall hangings and other objects is not usual but if you want to put backing, the recommended ones for wall hangings areaction bac and backing cloth.
  • For garments the best option is lining it.

Usually the backing cloth used should be glued to the carpet backing after the primary adhesive has dried so to glue the backing cloth, a different type of adhesive is used like Gorilla Spray Adhesive or Roberts 8200.

Depending on the type of project and which process you are in, you can use different types of glues

  • AAT 132
  • Roberts 3095
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Vulcanized Brushable Latex

Yes! Is often use when you do the waterfall edge and for gluing the rug binding tape. But remember you can wash your rug on the washing machine.

The primary adhesive takes about 24 hours to dry meanwhile the spray adhesive dry instantly. You can use a hair dryer to speed up the drying process.

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