What is the Difference Between Binding and Serging an Area Rug?
Below is information and images of what binding and serging looks like on the edge of a rug. Read down to see which one we prefer to use, looks the most elegant, and lasts the longest.
What is binding? Most standard carpet binding is folded over the edge of a rug and stitched on with a binding machine that is similar to a commercial sewing machine. The finished width is approximate. ¼ to 3/8 inch, or 1 1/2″ with a cotton canvas binding. The colors are generally matched close to the field color of the rug so the edge is not noticeable, just finished nicely. Binding gives a rug more of a tailored look, a classic finish giving a rug an elegant finish.
Difference Between Binding & Serging
What is Serging? A serged edge is a continuous wrap of yarn that wraps around the edge of a rug. The finished width is approximate. 3/8 inch.
Many companies will push serging as a better and more durable look. It is my opinion as a Textile major at Longwood University, AND after 32 years of making custom rugs, that serging gives a rug a cheap look.
I often tell customers that it looks like the inside of how clothing is finished.
Serging does not look like part of the carpet and draws one’s eye to the edge. Most of the higher end mills and designer carpet companies finish custom area rugs by binding the edges and only serge the edges when requested.
Most companies don’t offer opinions, recommendations, or advice on finishing edges. It could be that they want to finish the rug the easiest way possible or just make the sale and will tell the client anything.
Serging is an easy way to finish rugs as it goes on quickly and can hide imperfections and an uneven edge.
At Rug Rats, we repair many serged edges where the yarns “sprout” and creates bald spots in the face of the rug. This can happen with foot traffic, vacuuming, pet claws, or faulty application.
At Rug Rats we can offer both bound and serged edges on our custom rugs. Serging can be a more expensive option, but it is our opinion that a bound edge is a much better choice in finishing your area rug.
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