While fringing adds style and a traditional feel to area rugs, it’s not the most reliable when compared to binding and serging. The main purpose of rug binding or serging is longevity. An unbound carpet or rug will unravel overtime and quickly lose its beauty, shape, texture and durability as the loose fibers fall apart. Rug bindings and sergings, however, prevent fraying and ensure the carpet stays in top condition as long as possible.
On top of their practical purposes, they can also contribute to a room’s aesthetic as much as fringing can. A binding or serging keeps the rug looking clean and sharp, which makes the room appear neat and organized. In contrast, an unbound rug with fraying edges will give a messy impression.