When a Cat Claws at an Oriental Rug

Good quality Oriental rugs can withstand centuries of daily wear and generations of children, grown ups, and pets.  Occasionally, however, it is sometimes inevitable that a rug is damaged if it lived upon for an extended period of time.  A great advantage of hand knotted rugs is that they can be repaired and restored.  Indeed, it is hard for a family member - two legged or four legged - to irreversibly damage a rug.
The photo above is of a beautiful Oushak that was damaged by a family pet that consistently pulled at the knots of the rug.  The white spots that resemble pilling on a wool sweater are the result of the cat's clawing over what I assume was a significant period of time.  Luckily, we can repair this kind of damage by shearing down the pulled knots.  Once repaired, the white spots will no longer be visible.  --www.traditionalrugrepair.com