Several times a week, in my travels across south-western Ontario, I see many handmade area rugs that has been repaired using a machine fringe. Sometimes I see it on an average commercial quality handmade rug and sometimes its finer piece and sadly I see it on a magnificent works of art. Usually if a customer know that difference between handmade fringes and glued on machine fringe they will definitely go with the handmade fringe. One problem in this business is that many carpet cleaner are not experienced in the Oriental rug industry and don't know any better. They have difficulty distinguishing between a good rug and a not so good rug. Therefore they think they are doing right but in reality they are butchering the rug. A qualified "Oriental Carpet Specialist" would direct the rug owner in the proper direction. Machine fringes on a handmade rug not only looks cheesy, the glue that is used to hold the fringe destroys the end of the rug. It would be almost impossible to remove the fringe without losing about an inch off the border. If you don't want to go with the more expensive handmade fringe on your rug, then have it bound. Binding is hand done and that in itself will protect the value of the rug. Also you can have the binding removed in the future without causing any permanent damage. let's be clear, Machine fringe is fine on a machine made rug. In other words keep your handmade rug all handmade and vice versa.