I had the honor to restore an old braided rug. A large old braided rug (approx 9X12 feet). There were many broken seams between braids, a number of small ripped braids, one badly ripped braid that I fixed and numerous weak seams between braids. But it's a beautiful rug. It deserves a post all of its own.
Here are before and after photos.
BEFORE: the badly broken braid in the process of being fixed.
After - mostly. I did do some more work after this photo was taken and straightened out the middle row, so it no longer curves.