"One of the biggest problems we see is rot, the result of potted plants," observes partner Howard Katz, whose father started this company nearly 80 years ago. Katz explains that carpets can degrade and disintegrate from the moisture leaching from a clay pot. "It's the moisture-loving clay that does it." "Crumbling" carpet, torn fringe, burned and stained spots -- to name but a few of the problems that Majestic tackles -- are all in a day's work for Katz and his magicians. Patching a 12-inch square of carpet starts at $75; from its enormous cache of supplies, the company can choose another carpet piece that is similar and will more or less match in weight, color, and pattern. Katz's "pile patrol" can also overcast frayed edges, sew rips, and re-fringe ends or machine-bind edges (both $5 per foot). The company also cleans carpets, and the cost is based on carpet classification, from simple bound remnants to decent machine-woven carpets, to delicate hand-mades; cleaning a 9-foot-by-12-foot Oriental is usually around $175. Pick-up and delivery are included in the price, although there's a modest fee for putting a rug back down. About the only thing Majestic doesn't do is reweave. 644 Whittier St., The Bronx, 718-542-7474 & 212-922-0909 (This
article originally appeared in the 3/06 issue of Manhattan Living.)
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